TUESDAY, 5:06pm: The Sixers have released Turiaf, the team announced in a press release.
FRIDAY, 10:58pm: The Sixers will release Ronny Turiaf, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (Twitter link). Turiaf was acquired by Philadelphia as a part of the three team trade for Corey Brewer earlier today in which the Sixers sent Alexey Shved to Houston. This move will reduce Philadelphia’s roster count to 14 players, leaving one spot open for GM Sam Hinkie to possibly work as a clearinghouse once again for another team looking to get a contact off of its books. After all, there still remain a few second round draft picks out there that Philadelphia hasn’t laid claim to. The Sixers currently hold a total of 14 second-rounders through the 2020 NBA draft.
Turiaf is likely out for the season after undergoing surgery on his right hip on December 16th. The 10th-year big man is on a fully guaranteed contract worth $1.5MM this year, which expires at the end of the season, so Philadelphia will eat the remaining salary owed to Turiaf.
The 31-year-old out of Gonzaga has only appeared in two games this season after playing in just 31 games for Minnesota last season. He started in 10 of those appearances and averaged 4.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per contest. Turiaf’s career numbers are 4.7 PPG and 3.7 RPG. His career slash line is .533/.000/.636.