Sixers cut Brown and Morris, sign a pair guards

Sixers cut Brown and Morris, sign a pair guards

November 20, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Kwame Brown averaged 1.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 22 games in 2012-13 for the Sixers and did not play this season. (USA Today Images)

Updated: 7:15 p.m.

The Kwame Brown era is over.

Not that it ever really started.

The Sixers on Wednesday waived Brown along with Darius Morris and signed guards Elliot Williams and Lorenzo Brown.

“Never a fun day to have to do that, but this is the stage we’re in,” Sixers GM Sam Hinkie said. “We’ll continue to evaluate players and find ones that can help us move forward and find others on our radar that we can add to our group.”

Selected by Portland with the 22nd overall pick in 2010, Williams (6-5, 190) has played only one NBA season, 2011-12, when he averaged 3.7 points for the Blazers in 24 games. He missed the entire 2012-13 season because of an Achilles injury.

Williams was cut by the Cavs before the start of this season. He played college ball for Duke and transferred to Memphis to be closer to home for family reasons.

The Timberwolves drafted Lorenzo Brown (6-5, 186) in the second round (52nd overall) of this year's draft, but cut him before the start of the regular season. He averaged 11.6 points and 5.8 assists in three seasons at N.C. State.

Earlier this month, Brown signed with Springfield, the D-League affiliate for Brooklyn.

Both players will be in uniform and available to play for the Sixers on Wednesday night against Toronto.

Meanwhile, Kwame Brown turned out to be one of the worst signings for the Sixers in recent memory. A move advocated by former Sixers coach Doug Collins, the Sixers signed Kwame Brown to a one-year $3 million deal before last season that included a player option worth $3 million for the 2013-14 season.

A former No. 1 overall pick for Collins and Michael Jordan with Washington in 2001, Kwame Brown appeared in just 22 games for the Sixers. Injuries and fitness issues plagued Brown last season and then Collins soured on him. He was drafted ahead of players like Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson, Zach Randolph and Tony Parker.

Brown was literally non-existent during the second half of the season. After playing six minutes on Feb. 20 in Minnesota for the first game after the All-Star break, Brown did not appear in another game for the rest of the season.

In addition to the 30 consecutive DNP-CDs, Brown struggled with injuries during training camp and never got it going. He struggled with a litany of injuries, aches, pains and, perhaps most importantly, motivation. Brown left the team briefly to tend to “personal issues.” When he returned to the team, he missed another practice with more “personal issues” and then was scratched from a game with a sinus infection. A source said Brown often visited the training room and skipped practices complaining of injuries that didn’t exist.

Brown did not practice with the Sixers at all this season. He showed up for training camp with a hamstring injury that apparently never healed.

But after 12 more DNPs to start this season, Hinkie finally opened up a valuable roster spot.

“If he can find career-best fitness, he still has value,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said.

Joining Brown on the waiver wire is Morris, who averaged 6.9 points in 12 games off the bench this season. He played his first two seasons with the Lakers, who drafted him in the second round in 2011, before signing with the Sixers as a free agent this offseason. Morris was expected to compete with Tony Wroten for the backup point guard spot this season.