The Philadelphia 76ers are still tinkering with the back end of their roster. Shams Charania of Yahoo's The Vertical is reporting that the team will claim swingman Sonny Weems off waivers and cut power forward Christian Wood, who is in the middle of a 10 day contract.
Philadelphia plans to claim guard Sonny Weems off waivers and release forward Christian Wood (on 10 day), league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 7, 2016
Weems signed with the Phoenix Suns in July after spending a four year stint in Europe playing for Euroleague powerhouses Zalgiris (Lithuania) and CSKA Moscow (Russia). He appeared in 36 games, averaging 2.5 points while shooting just 39.3% from the field.
Philadelphia added Wood for depth purposes while Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel were dealing with minor injuries, but cutting him likely signifies those two are healthy enough for game action again.
The main reason for the move seems to be for cap purposes. According to Spotrac, Philadelphia currently has $60.7 million tied up in salary, just $2.3 million shy of the NBA's cap floor. By picking up Weems off waivers, the Sixers will take on his cap hit of $2.8 million, which would be enough to get them above the floor.
The 29-year-old is guaranteed his $2.9 million salary next year if he's not waived by July 11, but it's likely he'll be long gone by then.