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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sixers waive Daniel Orton

(Associated Press)

The 76ers have waived center Daniel Orton.

Orton, who signed with the team in preseason as a free agent, averaged 3.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 11.4 minutes over 22 appearances.

The Sixers made the move in advance of Friday’s deadline, by which all NBA players with partially guaranteed contracts are made guaranteed for the remainder of the season. Though Orton’s salary is a nominal $884,000, and waiving the 23-year-old does not save the Sixers much, it was clear that they had seen all that they needed to out of the 6-10, 280-pound pivot.

Waiving Orton brings the Sixers’ roster to 11 available players, with three others out on the injured/inactive list.

One of those three is second-year forward Arnett Moultrie, who said following Monday’s home loss to Minnesota that he expects to dress for a game by next week. Moultrie, who has been out since undergoing ankle surgery in October, practiced for the first time Dec. 31, and continues to progress.

The Sixers (12-22) are in Cleveland Tuesday to play the Cavaliers.

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