According to a source, the Sixers bought out the contract of Andres Nocioni Friday night.
One day earlier, they had acquired 6-foot-6 wing player Sam Young in a trade with Memphis that virtually made Nocioni a spectator from here on out, which had been his role for most of this season leading up to buyout.
The move gives Nocioni the freedom to pursue finding a team that might want him for the home stretch of this condensed season or allow him to return to his beloved home country of Argentina.
Nocioni has appeared in just 11 games for the Sixers this year and played a total of 56 minutes. He came to the Sixers last season via a trade with Sacramento in June of 2010, that sent Samuel Dalembert to the Kings in exchange for Nocioni and Spencer Hawes.
Last seaso,n Nocioni started 17 games for the Sixers, but still averaged what at that time was a season low six points.
Nocioni is 32 years old with seven years of NBA experience, not to mention his experiences with the Argentinian national team whom he won an Olympic gold medal with in 2004.