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Malcolm Thomas Waived, Drew Gordon Called Up From D-League

Gordon played exactly zero games for the Sevens, but injuries and lack of depth spur a quick call-up.

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Who had November 10th in the first in-season transaction pool? Anybody?

Yahoo's Marc Spears had it first:

Drew Gordon, cut by the 76ers in training camp and designated as one of the four training camp invites whose D-League rights belong to the pro-team, has officially been called-up. Why? Take it away, Keith Pompey:

Thomas' injury happened so early in the season, and apparently involved a lingering issue with his knee from before this season, so it's a wonder the Sixers did not catch it before signing him. Regardless, Thomas' injury means he gets his full salary despite being cut for roster space, and the Sixers will be covering his surgery costs. For a journeyman fringe NBA player, it's a nice reward for just four games played.

Regardless of all this, aside from the surgery costs the Sixers lost nothing due to their being under the salary floor. It didn't exactly work out as well as envisioned when I surmised that Thomas was roughly the sixth best player on the team.

We saw enough of Gordon, the elder brother of Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, in training camp. A pleasant surprise, Gordon averaged nearly 8 points per game. With a still-thin roster, especially if Nerlens Noel continues to have ankle issues, the former top collegiate prospect should have a chance to play.

The Sixers have off until Thursday, where Gordon (and Nerlens Noel and maybe even Michael Carter-Williams) will be in uniform.

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