The Cutting Floor: White, Wyatt, Blue & Koshwal Are Waived

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
10/24/13 9:06 pm EST

roycewhitewithpress Being cut hits hard, especially for Sixers forward Royce White tonight.

White was surprisingly given the axe by Hinkie and Co. along with guards Khalif Wyatt, Vander Blue and center Mac Koshwal to bring the teams roster down to 16.

White, who has had a media circus surrounding him of Andrew Bynum-like proportions since his addition to the team in early July, was looked at by many analysts, including¬†USA Today’s Jason Wolf, to be a lock on the teams roster come opening night.

He wasn’t.

In my opinion, this was a statement move by Hinkie. He gave White a second chance by bringing him in from Houston and has given White since July to condition himself into game shape before the season.

He hasn’t.

Instead some questionable pieces for the team are left like swing man Rodney Williams (who just returned from a lingering hamstring injury), forward Gani Lawal (who Hinkie grabbed from the Latvian League and hasn’t played a tick in the NBA since the 2010-11 season) and forward Hollis Thompson who is a hard worker but didn’t show the Sixers anything during preseason.

I’ve avoided writing love affair-type posts about White unlike other Sixers blogs, because to me he hasn’t ever shown me the motor or reliability it takes to succeed at the NBA level. There’s too many talented athletes who are willing to give 150-percent to get a shot on an NBA roster, something that White has never seemed to care about.

But the season goes on and the Sixers are left with 16. I would’ve loved to see Khalif Wyatt suiting up for the 7-6, but the Temple product and Norristown native just wasn’t able to do enough in preseason to win a spot. Vander Blue showed some real competitiveness in the preseason, but unfortunately Tony Wroten and Darius Morris just showed that much more. It’s the business of the game and hard decisions must be made.

Team WHOP’s logo will continue to live on (on my Twitter page), but it’s not going to be the same the rest of the season now that two of WHOP’s crew members are gone.

Hinkie now has to decide which 16 players that he’ll send out on opening night. You know he’s been keeping an eye out on other teams cuts tonight in hopes of seeing one of his “guys” hit the waiver wire. Hinkie has the option to send two of his players on the roster to the D-League as well as option any three of the guys he’s cut so far to the D-League while still retaining the rights to those players.

I could see this happening to a guy like Blue, but it’s probably a reach for someone like White or Wyatt at this point. Hopefully Hinkie can give new meaning to Andrew Bynum’s famous “pressure makes diamonds” speech before last season began. The ball’s in his court and he’s continuing to lay down the law at any chance he can get.

Jeff McMenamin is a scribe for Philadunkia. 

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10 Responses to “The Cutting Floor: White, Wyatt, Blue & Koshwal Are Waived”

  1. Alex
    24. October 2013 at 21:32

    Sam Hinkie is either a real genius, an Stanford graduate, who know exactly what he is doing, or a idiot nerd who thinks advanced analytics is all a baseball team needs.
    You tell me. Right now I am 50/50.

  2. Jeff McMenamin
    24. October 2013 at 21:44


    I believe you’re the Alex that commented on this past article I wrote…

    But those are my real thoughts on Hinkie.

    Another thing which hasn’t been talked about at all. What if Andrew Wiggins decides to stay at Kansas?

  3. NBA Genuine Draft
    24. October 2013 at 22:41

    Worse yet, what if Andrew Wiggins gets drafted #1 overall…by the Boston Celtics!

  4. MattSg
    25. October 2013 at 00:23

    Darius morris shoulda been the first to go smh. Vander blue is much better than him .

  5. Chris
    25. October 2013 at 07:41

    There is no way Wiggins stays, he would be turning down millions of dollars, he will probably get close to lebron james money in endorsements the day he declares for the draft, or at least the closest since lebron coming into the league. I think the only question left about the season is who of the three starters on the trade block get us the best return in a trade? I can see someone in the West overpaying for spencer hawes’s jumper and 6 fouls a game off the bench, golden state? LA?

  6. Philadunkia
    25. October 2013 at 09:51


    I completely agree with you. I have gone from drinking the kool-aid during Hinkie-palooza this summer to wondering WTH is this guy doing. I know the object is to tank and tank hard this year,but some of these latest moves are still a bit puzzling to me.

    Thanks for reading & commenting.

    — C. Smith

  7. Alex
    25. October 2013 at 22:00

    Jeff M
    C Smith summarized it well for me. I was 95% positive on Hinkie now I am not sure what he is doing and that is bad. Example: He was so hot on Kasmi now he has let him to Iran. To do what? To be developed as a basketball player or to check on their nuclear program? Wyatt is a very good shooter so why let him go? And it goes on and on. Can not wait until this fiasco starts.

  8. Steve Toll
    26. October 2013 at 16:35


    Kazemi isn’t an NBA player and that’s why he chose to go to Iran, Hinkie had nothing to do with his decision

  9. Alex
    27. October 2013 at 21:28

    I remember you said he was.So you change your mind!

  10. Tony
    29. October 2013 at 13:01

    You’re my boy Blue!!! You’re my Boy!

    I don’t understand the business side of NBA contracts and what-not, but I hope they can retain the rights to Vander Blue. The kid looks like he could be a scorer.

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