After the Philadelphia 76ers were reported to be releasing Demetrius Jackson Sunday night, it became obvious that a two-way contract slot would open up for the team. It was widely speculated, from our own Sean Kennedy to Liberty Ballers community members and beyond, that Haywood Highsmith (of the Sixers’ G-League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats) could be the player to receive that available contract.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sixers will indeed utilize their available two-way contract on Haywood Highsmith:
Haywood Highsmith (@hay_iAMHigh) is scheduled to sign a two-way contract with the #Sixers today, according to multiple league sources. The @blue_coats wing player and #Sixers have agreed on the deal. The Blue Coats & Sixers both play today at #WellsFargoCenter. — @PompeyOnSixers
As of this writing (12:05 pm), I have not received a press release from the Sixers announcing the agreement, but this seems all but official. Highsmith has played well in Delaware. Liberty Ballers profiled him back in December, which you can find here.
UPDATE (3:19 pm):
The Sixers have made Haywood Highsmith’s signing official via a press release:
PHILADELPHIA – JAN. 8, 2019 – Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Elton Brand announced today that the team has signed Haywood Highsmith to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.