3:41pm: The signing is official, the team announced via press release.
1:18pm: The Sixers will re-sign first-year pro Christian Wood, whom they waived earlier this season to make room for Elton Brand, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). It’ll be a 10-day contract, a source tells Jake Fischer of SI Now (Twitter link). Philadelphia has kept an open roster spot in the wake of losing JaKarr Sampson because of a failed three-team trade at the deadline, so no corresponding move is necessary. Wood has been playing with Philly’s D-League affiliate since shortly after the Sixers cut him from the NBA roster in January.
The 20-year-old power forward was a well-regarded prospect coming out of UNLV last spring whose failure to get drafted was a mild surprise. He said this past November that he didn’t think he’d fall past pick No. 25 but pointed to concerns teams had about his level of motivation as a major reason his stock slipped. He reportedly agreed to sign with the Rockets shortly after the draft, but evidently that deal fell through, and he wound up joining the Sixers instead on a four-year contract with just $50K guaranteed. He’ll make $30,888 on his new 10-day with Philly.
Wood has put up 15.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per game across 26 D-League appearances this season, starting in just 17 of those games. He nonetheless saw a decent-sized chunk of playing time in 14 games at the NBA level before his release, averaging 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.1 minutes contest.