The Sixers are trimming their roster ahead of their preseason opener.
The team is waiving Ryan Broekhoff and Derrick Walton Jr., a source confirmed Monday to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey first reported the news.
Both players had non-guaranteed contracts, so it’s unsurprising that neither made the Sixers’ opening night roster. The team plans to have Walton join the Delaware Blue Coats, a source said. Walton signed an Exhibit 10 deal, per Keith Smith, which means he can be incentivized to play for the Sixers’ G-League affiliate.
Broekhoff was an interesting bench possibility because of his three-point shooting skill. He shot 40.3 percent from long range over 59 games with the Mavs the past two seasons. The 30-year-old Australian had signed a substitute contract with the Sixers this past summer and was set to play in Disney World, but he didn’t travel to Orlando after his wife tested positive for COVID-19.
Head coach Doc Rivers gave Broekhoff positive marks for his work during training camp.
“He’s a high basketball IQ guy, and that’s what he’s shown me,” Rivers said Sunday. “He obviously is a good shooter, but he also knows how to get other shooters open and play off of great players. It’s such a skill, knowing how to play off of people and using their talent to get you shots. I thought he’s done a pretty good job of that.”
Walton, a 6-foot guard, is also known for his shooting. Over four seasons at Michigan, he converted 40.1 percent of his threes. He’s played 34 games in the G League and 42 in the NBA, including 23 last season for Rivers’ Clippers.
The Sixers will need to cut one more player before the regular season. Dakota Mathias and Paul Reed are the team’s two-way players, and there are 16 others remaining on the roster.