In anticipation of NBA free agency, which starts tomorrow when teams can begin to talk to players, the Philadelphia 76ers have waived shooting guard James Anderson, according to Tom Moore of Calkins Media.
Anderson, scheduled to make just under $1 million this season, is likely not a cap casualty, as the Sixers have well over $20 million available. It is just likely that he, after an okay season on the awful 2013-2014 team, was not excited to be a part of yet another “rebuilding” year by Sam Hinkie’s squad.
Waiving him today just saves the Sixers the $1 million because he would have become fully guaranteed tomorrow.
He played 80 games for the Sixers this year, starting 62 at shooting guard, averaging 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 28.9 minutes. His win shares per 48 minutes was .039, good for 11th on the team.
This likely means Sixers fans will see more of 2nd-round pick Jordan McRae, combo guard Pierre Jackson, and Anderson’s backup last year, Hollis Thompson, at the 2-guard spot this year next to Michael Carter-Williams.