4:19pm: The release of Sims is official, the team announced via Twitter.
2:06pm: The Suns intend to waive center Henry Sims, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic reports. Sims’ deal was non-guaranteed, so the move won’t cost Phoenix any funds. The departure of Sims also means that Cory Jefferson will make the regular season roster, Coro adds. The Suns’ roster count will go down to 14 players, one under the regular season maximum.
Sims, 25, made 73 appearances for the Sixers last season, including 32 starts. He averaged 8.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 19.2 minutes per contest. His career numbers through three NBA campaigns are 7.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 1.1 APG to go along with a slash line of .475/.174/.760. Philadelphia didn’t tender a qualifying offer to the big man this summer, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Jefferson, the final pick of the 2014 draft, appeared in 50 games for the Nets this past season, averaging 3.7 points in 10.6 minutes per game. Brooklyn waived the 24-year-old 6’9″ forward in July so the team could avoid his non-guaranteed salary becoming partially guaranteed for $150K.