According to a report from Philly Mag’s Derek Bodner, formerly of Liberty Ballers fame, the 76ers are going to waive Hollis Thompson.
The #sixers will waive shooting guard Hollis Thompson, according to a league source.— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) January 4, 2017
Thompson, the guy who has been playing for the Sixers since the Opening Night of The Process back in October 2013, is now gone, but his cult following, and the 38.9 percent he shot on three-pointers during his Sixers career will surely live on in the hearts of Sixers fans forever.
Thompson’s minutes were down from a little over 28 per night last season to 18 this year amid a more crowded wing group that now includes Gerald Henderson and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, the latter of whom will benefit most from this potential opening for a greater role.
Thompson was in the last year of a four-year, “Sam Hinkie Special” contract. His $1.01 million salary for this season would’ve become fully guaranteed had he been on the roster on January 10. I’m sure the team can now use that extra money to buy some porcelain dalmatian statues for Jerry Colangelo or something similarly astute instead of paying their longest-tenured player any more money than they legally had to.
Do not go gently into that good night, Hollis.
Hollis was the actual longest-tenured Sixer, and his 40% jersey will hang in the rafters of Process Arena forever.— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) January 4, 2017