To the shock of no one, 76ers have waived forward Gerald Wallace, whom they acquired in a trade with the Golden State Warriors.
When the Sixers acquired Gerald Wallace and a 2016 NBA Draft consideration from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Jason Thompson, the question was never if the Sixers would keep the 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, but for how long.
On Saturday, we all found out the answer.
The Sixers announced they have waived Wallace just 57 days after they traded for him. They will still have to pay him the $10.1 million he is owed for the 2015-16 season, the final year of his contract. It makes him the second highest-paid player on the team after JaVale McGee, who the Sixers will pay $12 million this upcoming season.
The fact that neither will be actually play for the Sixers this year is not lost on anyone.
Wallace averaged only 1.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 8.9 minutes per game last season with the Boston Celtics, a far cry from the 19.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game he averaged with the Charlotte Hornets in 2007-08.
Once Wallace clears waivers, he will be an unrestricted free agent but it remains to be seen if any team will sign him to a contract or offer him an invite to training camp. Other than a veteran presence in a locker room, Wallace’s best playing days are behind him and it’s safe to say that after 14 NBA seasons, his career may be coming to an end.