The Sixers are waiving Furkan Aldemir, league sources tell Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Charania indicates the move has already taken place, though the team has yet to make an official announcement. Philadelphia will eat his fully guaranteed salary of nearly $2.837MM for this season unless he clears waivers. Aldemir’s release is part of a series of moves the Sixers are making today, but they still must cut one more player to get to the 15-man regular season roster limit.
Aldemir dealt with a case of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, slowing him during the preseason. He nonetheless averaged 4.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game across six preseason appearances. At 6’10”, he also showed proficiency on the boards in 41 games during the regular season last year after he signed with the Sixers in December.
The now 24-year-old was a draft-and-stash signee who played for Galatasaray in his native Turkey before coming stateside. The Sixers acquired his draft rights from the Rockets, who in turn had picked them up from the Clippers, the team that drafted him 53rd overall in 2012.