Short-handed vs. Mavs? Sixers may suit up 7

Short-handed vs. Mavs? Sixers may suit up 7
February 21, 2014, 2:30 pm
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The Sixers could have between 7 and 9 players in uniform for Friday night's game against the Mavericks. (AP)

Two of the Sixers' four trades that took place on Thursday have been approved: the deal with Cleveland and the three-team trade involving the Nuggets and Wizards.

The two trades pending are the deal with the Pacers and the deal with the Clippers, involving Danny Granger and Byron Mullens.

“We don’t anticipate any problems, but they are still pending as players report and submit to physicals,” Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie explained.

Hinkie said the team will definitely have seven players available for tonight’s game against the Mavericks at the Wells Fargo Center and could possibly have nine in uniform.

Eventually, the Sixers' roster will have 15 players, the league maximum. The Sixers had 16 players when all was said and done after Thursday’s moves, forcing them to waive newly acquired Earl Clark (see story).

Hinkie explained why it was Clark waived and not one of the other 15 players

“Sometimes this time of year players get caught up in trades,” he said. “They make salaries match and the like. It is not any particular slight over any player or choosing one over the other.”

Clark was the 14th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Prior to this season he signed a two-year contract for $4.25 million each year, but next year’s money was not guaranteed; he had to be on the roster after July 7.

With Cleveland this season, Clark appeared in 45 games with 17 starts. He averaged just 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds playing 15.5 minutes per game.