Sixers waive Hollis Thompson, some team likely to claim him on waivers

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Most of the time, when a player is waived he clears waivers and 48 hours later becomes a free agent, who goes on to sign somewhere else.

With Hollis Thompson, some team is going to claim him off the waiver wire.

The Sixers did waive him Wednesday, something reported by CSNPhilly.com, providing roster flexibility heading into a trade deadline where Philadelphia is expected to be active. The move was made before Thompson’s $1 million contract became fully guaranteed (that deadline is Jan. 10, with players to be waived by Jan. 7 to make sure they clear waivers before the 10th).

This is not a move the Sam Hinkie regime would have made. Thompson has gotten a lot more run than the average guy cut loose — he’s averaged 18.1 minutes a game off the bench for the Sixers and only missed two games all season. Projected as a “3&D” guy off the bench, he is shooting 36.6 percent from three, which is down from his previous seasons, but not poor. He’s dangerous from the corners.

There are a lot of teams that could use a three-point shooter off the bench, which it is expected some team will sign Thompson.

Why did the Sixers waive a guy who is contributing? Because they want the roster spot. That could temporarily go to a point guard (Jerryd Bayless and Sergio Rodriguez are both out injured), but what the Sixers really want is the ability to take on a player or a contract as the trade deadline approaches, giving them options.

We will update you where Thompson lands.

PBT Extra: Three things to watch with Boston in wake of Hayward injury

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Gordon Hayward is going to have surgery on his ankle and leg, which should not be a surprise to anyone who saw the gruesome injury to his leg just 5:15 into his Celtics career. There is no timetable for his return yet, maybe he makes it back for the playoffs, but the Celtics are not going to rush him and he may well miss the entire season.

What next for Boston?

In this PBT Extra I cover the three things to watch for from Boston, which in the short term could mean the Kyrie Irving show. Longer term, not much changes.

Gordon Hayward addresses Celtics and fans from hospital bed (video)

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Gordon Hayward broke his leg early in his Celtics debut – a devastating injury. He’s preparing for surgery tonight, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

First – after a perfect introduction from Marcus Smart – Hayward addressed the Boston crowd from his hospital bed before tonight’s game against the Bucks.

Hayward:

What’s up everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has sent me your thoughts and prayers. I’m going to be alright. It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more just to be with my teammates and walk out onto that floor tonight. But I’ll be supporting you guys from here and wishing you the best of luck. Kill it tonight. Thanks, guys.

At least this nice moment (and an outpouring of support) came out of such a gruesome injury.

And if Smart keeps setting up his teammates so well, maybe the Celtics’ offense will keep humming.

76ers coach Brett Brown: Joel Embiid’s minute restriction could quickly rise

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Joel Embiid‘s minute limit of below 20 bummed out everyone (especially Embiid).

But good news could be on the way.

Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:

The 76ers look like a borderline playoff team, Embiid’s health the biggest variable. There’s a direct correlation between his ability to stay on the court and Philadelphia’s postseason chances.

Plus, he’s just so darn fun to watch. The more he plays, the bigger victory it is for every viewer not rooting for the 76ers’ opponent that night.

Report: Bucks have offered second-round pick as enticement for Rashad Vaughn trade

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John Henson was on the trade block. Greg Monroe seems permanently affixed there.

Another player the Bucks apparently want to deal? Rashad Vaughn, who was the No. 17 pick in 2015.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Milwaukee has been working to trade several players to clear salary-cap space, including guard Rashad Vaughn and center John Henson, league sources said. The Bucks have been willing to attach a second-round pick in offers for Vaughn, league sources said.

It’s unclear whether the Bucks are still as motivated to move Vaughn. They slid under the luxury-tax line by stretching Spencer Hawes. One-time target Richard Jefferson already signed with the Nuggets. A roster vacancy and cap savings might not matter as much anymore to Milwaukee.

But Vaughn has struggled in two NBA seasons. The Bucks might be better off trying to develop someone else, even a D-League player, over the 21-year-old Vaugh.

Vaughn is due $1,889,040 this season. He faces a $2,901,565 team option for next season, which his team must decide on by Oct. 31. It seems unlikely that will be exercised.

This is what happens when you draft players for the wrong reason.