Free agency kicks off at 12:01 AM on Wednesday, and Philly's begun to make final decisions on some of the team's impending free agents.
The Sixers have informed Henry Sims' camp that he will not be tendered a qualifying offer, a source told Liberty Ballers. Sims will now be an unrestricted free agent.
Declining to extend his $1,181,348 qualifying offer doesn't mean for certain that the team won't eventually sign him, but they are forfeiting their right to first refusal in contract negotiations with other teams. It's hard to imagine there being an aggressive market for the center, but it's not outside of the realm of possibility that Philadelphia revisits talks with him later this summer if no alternative options come through for either party.
An undrafted free agent out of Georgetown, Sims got his feet wet in the NBA D-League with the Erie Bayhawks in 2012, before making his way up to the big leagues for a brief stint with New Orleans. After a pit stop in the Philippines, he found his footing with the Cleveland Cavaliers before being dealt at the 2014 trade deadline to Philadelphia as part of a package for center Spencer Hawes.
Sims played 25 minutes per game for Philadelphia in November, but by the time the trade deadline had passed, he'd seen his role largely minimized amidst a handful of DNP-CD's in March and April. He scored 8.0 points per game to go along with 4.9 rebounds in 73 games this season.