The Sixers have waived point guard Phil Pressey, reducing the roster to 15 players, the team announced via press release. The move coincides with the recall of fellow point guards Tony Wroten and Kendall Marshall from the D-League, as the team announced in the same statement. Pressey was in the team’s 16th roster spot via hardship provision, but with Wroten and Marshall back from rehab stints, it appears the team no longer has the volume of long-term injuries necessary to warrant carrying an extra man.
Philadelphia signed Pressey a month ago, when Marshall, Wroten, Joel Embiid, Carl Landry and Robert Covington were all expected to miss at least two weeks. The NBA allows teams to carry 16 players for 10 days at a time when they have enough long-term injuries, so it would appear the league twice granted the Sixers permission to renew the hardship provision and keep Pressey around. Embiid and Landry are still out, but Covington returned to action November 16th. Wroten and Marshall have yet to appear in any games on either the NBA or D-League level this season, but they’ve been working out with the D-League club since the Sixers assigned them to the Delaware 87ers on November 11th.
Pressey was a third-stringer behind Isaiah Canaan and T.J. McConnell, but he nonetheless managed 3.9 points, 3.3 assists and 1.4 turnovers in 12.1 minutes per game across 14 appearances. Philadelphia was the third NBA team to carry the 24-year-old on its roster since the Celtics released him this past summer. He spent most of the preseason with the Trail Blazers, losing a battle for a regular season roster spot to Tim Frazier, and the Jazz claimed Pressey off waivers shortly thereafter so they could grab his D-League rights when they dumped him two days later.
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