Khalif Wyatt sat in the 76ers’ locker room Wednesday,
before their preseason finale, and said he was still living in Norristown, his
hometown, with his mother. He had expressed a desire to wait until he earned a
roster spot with the Sixers before he bought his own place.
Then Thursday’s news trickled down.
The 76ers released Wyatt and fellow guard Vander Blue and
forwards Royce White and Mac Koshwal Thursday night, according to a league
The team has until Monday at 5 p.m. to make at least one
more cut, to be in compliance with league guidelines, prior to Wednesday’s
season opener. Three of the Sixers’ cuts are somewhat surprising, as Wyatt and
Blue were believed to be competing for the same job, and White, who has had a brief
yet tumultuous run in the NBA, appeared to have found a home.
Sixers coach Brett Brown hinted that the first round of
cuts would come Thursday.
"When I put my coaching hat on ... you want to get
your group and start moving,” he said after the team’s preseason finale. “And
that's what (Thursday) will be about."
White, Houston's first-round pick in the 20
missed his rookie season while dealing with anxiety issues and a fear of
flying. Traded to Philly in the offseason as more of a salary dump measure for
the Rockets than anything else, White looked comfortable with the Sixers, who
had allowed him to drive – rather than fly – to a pair of preseason games.
Additionally, White gave the Sixers muscle in the middle
for a roster that's lacking in frontcourt talent. He averaged five points and
seven rebounds in five preseason games.
Wyatt and Blue, both of whom received partially
guaranteed contracts as undrafted rookies, looked to be vying for one roster
spot that neither ended up getting, as far as Brown was
However, the writing was on the wall for both to be cut.
Wyatt, the Temple product by way of Norristown, and Blue, out of Marquette,
tellingly were not inserted into Wednesday night's preseason finale until the
final five minutes.
Koshwal, a deep reserve, appeared in three exhibitions.
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