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76ers waive two players, cut roster to 16

According to reports, the Philadelphia 76ers are waiving guard Derrick Walton Jr. and forward Ryan Broekhoff ahead of tomorrow’s preseason match against the Boston Celtics. This was apart of a competition for the 76ers final roster spot that seems to be down to wing Justin Anderson and big Vincent Poirier.

Broekhoff was signed originally during the NBA bubble but opted out and was signed a few weeks ago ahead of training camp. Derrick Walton played last season for the LA Clippers under Doc Rivers but seemed to be a long shot to make the roster.

Both players looked to be impressive during training camp and should find themselves somewhere in the near future on a NBA or G League roster. Broekhoff spent several seasons with the Dallas Mavericks before arriving in Philadelphia and was thought to have some left in the tank to make the roster. Apparently that wasn’t the case.

Justin Anderson or Vincent Poirier now look to be the Sixers’ 15th roster slot. Anderson played for the 76ers in 2017 and was moved to the Atlanta Hawks in the 2018 offseason. His relationship with Embiid and the energy he brings to the court are key factors he brings. Poirier, 27 played his rookie season with the Boston Celtics in 2020, playing in limited time. Poirier was traded to Philadelphia during the Oklahoma City deal.

Paul Reed and Dakota Mathias will be the 76ers two way players this season adding some wing and big man depth for the 76ers.

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