Philadelphia 76ers Clear Cap Space With Release Of Daniel Orton

By Alan Gung
Daniel Orton
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The Philadelphia 76ers may be making moves shortly after releasing center Daniel Orton. They cleared cap space with his release and have even met with D-Leaguer Devin Ebanks.

The Sixers may also be looking to clear cap space as they have reverted back to their old ways of losing with their two-consecutive defeats at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves.

According to, Orton’s contract would have been guaranteed if the Sixers didn’t release him by 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening. This gives the Sixers flexibility and prepares for the offseason, where they’ll be focusing on the NBA Draft and the impending class of free agents in the summer.

Orton rarely saw action in 22 games this season and averaged three points, 2.8 rebounds and .7 blocks per game in 11.4 minutes per game. His suspension from fighting with Portland Trail Blazers big man Meyers Leonard didn’t help his stay.

The Sixers won’t be looking to make any major trades until the deadline, so they’ll probably go for a perimeter shooter or defender. This particularly showed in the past two games when they allowed both teams to explode on the offensive end.

The Sixers also need a perimeter shooter who can free the offensive. They shot 21.1-percent on three-point shooting. The Sixers will look for a cheap option, so Ebanks may be in their cards in the short-term.

Backup guard Tony Wroten sat out with the flu, but without him, the Sixers lack a bench scorer, which has shown particularly in the last two games.

The only contracts that just got guaranteed are Hollis Thompson, Brandon Davies, Lorenzo Brown and Elliot Williams.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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