The Philadelphia 76ers waived two players — one shocking and one not so shocking. They finally waived Kwame Brown, something that should have been done since before training camp. But the other move that general manager Sam Hinkie decided to make was the waiving of Darius Morris. It comes as a bit of a shock, because Morris was actually contributing on this team with numbers of 6.9 points and 2.6 assists in almost 17 minutes per game.
But head coach Brett Brown and Hinkie have found a gem in Tony Wroten, and he has taken away the backup point guard minutes from Morris. With the Sixers sliding all the way to 5-8 after a 3-0 start, it seems like they are more on track to approach the rebuilding stages of their franchise, and these corresponding roster moves exemplify that.
The subtraction of Brown and Morris and the addition of Elliot Williams and Lorenzo Brown might not look like much on paper, but Brown has the potential to be a good player and has a lot more upside than Morris, making this a good move by the team.
Brown was a second round pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves after a three year career at North Carolina State where he averaged 11.6 points and 5.8 assists. He provides more of a true point guard option off the bench unlike Morris and Wroten, who usually look to score first. At 6-foot-5, Brown also follows the trend of long guards that the Sixers are starting to build, which makes him the perfect complement to rookie sensation Michael Carter-Williams.
I, for one, thought Brown slipped a bit in the draft, and he has the potential to be a solid backup point guard in the NBA. He will get his opportunity with the Sixers, and should see some minutes once he gets a grasp of the offense. Morris and Brown have absolutely no future with the team, where Brown very well could. Another crafty move by Hinkie and company.