Source: Sixers trim roster, cut Williams, Lawal

Source: Sixers trim roster, cut Williams, Lawal
October 26, 2013, 5:00 pm
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The Sixers trimmed their roster to 14 players -- one below the league-maximum 15 -- by cutting Rodney Williams and Gani Lawal on Saturday, according to a league source.

Williams, who went undrafted last June after a four-year college career at Minnesota, will remain a part of the organization and play on the D-League Delaware 87ers. Coach Brett Brown has repeatedly talked about being intrigued with Williams’ athleticism and defensive instincts.
Williams was sidelined most of training camp with a hamstring injury and appeared in just the final two preseason games.
The league minimum for number of players on a roster is 13. The maximum is 15. Additions and subtractions could still occur, especially given that four players -- Jason Richardson, Arnett Moultrie, Nerlens Noel and Kwame Brown -- on the roster are currently injured and will not be ready to play for quite some time.

“I’m terrified of the realities of our injured list,” Brett Brown said Friday. “How many NBA teams start a season with four guys on the injured list? We have no relief. To carry (10) people and play hard games and still practice hard and reduce injury -- that’s a funny mix. I have to be smart with the realities of our roster.”

Given the up-tempo style Brown likes to utilize, a 10-man rotation seems too lean.
There is widespread speculation that Kwame Brown, who is under contract for a guaranteed $3 million, will be cut. He's currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and does not appear to fit into the rebuilding philosophy that the franchise is undergoing. A 12-year veteran, Brown has appeared in just 31 games over the past two seasons.

On Thursday, the Sixers waived Royce White, Khalif Wyatt, Vander Blue and Mac Koshwal. White could return to give the Sixers some much-needed size in the low-post. Brett Brown said the team would like to keep close tabs on White despite cutting him.

“We want to pay attention to Royce. We want to keep him within our reach,” Brown said.

John Finger contributed to this report.

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