If you have not heard by now, well here ya go. The Sixers announced some cuts today:
- Khalif Wyatt
- Mac Koshwal
- Vander Blue
- Royce White
Let’s just say, I’m displeased.
Do I understand the cuts? Of course. I mean, Brett Brown only has SIX NBA players anyways guys. But, lets break this down a little bit.
Let’s discuss some players on the Sixers roster that are injured and will not be seeing the court anytime in the near future:
- Arnett Moultrie
- Nerlens Noel
- Jason Richardson
So, here we have two front court players in Moultrie and Noel and a guard in Richardson. With this being said, the Sixers decide to cut two front court players in Mac Koshwal and Royce White. Okay, I can understand Koshwal. Most people expected him to get cut, but Royce White? Who is left in the front court? Kwame Brown, Spencer Hawes, Daniel Orton uhhh..
Let’s not even talk about Lavoy Allen, he’s regressed so much, I’ll be surprised if he sees any minutes when the season rolls around. He might find himself behind Kwame Brown in the rotation, somehow.
I don’t consider this biased, but I liked Royce White a lot. You know why I liked him? Because he was trying with the Sixers. He went through a whole season with the Rockets and did not fly once. A few months with the Sixers and he already flew twice to Charlotte and Cleveland for preseason games. Sure, he appeared out of shape, but he has not played in a game in many months. Obviously, the organization saw something that made them want to cut Royce, maybe his attitude, I’m not sure. I just thought that for once, we saw Royce White attempting to create an NBA career. Something that could of developed into a great story, if it was not cut short. Unfortunately, White was cut and who knows what will happen next.
I’m not sure what the Sixers plan to do in the front court. Obviously, they need depth. Fab Melo is still out there and I’m sure Hinkie will hit the wire for some prospects. I like Daniel Orton and think he can contribute some much needed rebounding, but besides Hawes and Orton, the options are slim.
Next, we have Khaliff Wyatt and Vander Blue. This one is the most confusing to all, specifically, because it was rumored that Wyatt and Blue were fighting for one roster spot. It was thought to be a lock that at least one of them would make the final roster. Boy, we were all wrong. Both players were cut and it’s a little confusing. Although it has been rumored for a few weeks that Wyatt was on his way out, it still hurts to see him go. He’s a Philly guy and we all love Philly guys. I really believe that Wyatt can ball and will find a job in the NBA. I’m hearing that he was drawing interest from other teams, so hopefully we see him catch on somewhere else.
I’m not sure why Vander Blue was cut. He seemed to bring a lot of energy off the bench, something that many Sixers fans remember Lou Williams for. Blue was quick, athletic and played the game like he was shot out of a cannon. I’m assuming he’s a candidate for the Sixers D-League Affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.
According to reports, the 87ers can obtain the rights to 3 players cut from the Sixers and have their rights in the D-league for two years. We will have to keep an eye out to see which of these cuts make it to the 87ers.
Overall, I’m just confused on the cuts. I understand they had to happen, but why cut players that have been working in the system for months to go sign players that arguably are not much better? Maybe I got a little to attached to these guys. They are all a bunch of young guys just working their tails off for a shot at an NBA career, you have to have a soft spot for them.
I’m praying Royce White catches on somewhere else, I feel as if he was really starting to turn a corner with this team. I have a feeling he won’t though. Too many teams are scared, especially if the Sixers cut him a few days before the season starts. I wish Royce White nothing but the best of luck in his future.
There is one cut left to get this roster to 16. Who will it be? I’m thinking Hollis Thompson or Gani Lawal. Man, I still can’t believe Thompson and Lawal are still on the roster while Blue, Wyatt, and White were sent packing. This NBA is a vicious business, isn’t it?
Do you agree or disagree with the Sixers roster cuts?
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