Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/26/13
The amateur capologist in me returns to explain why keeping Kwame over Royce White somehow makes sense. As we've detailed on this site, the Sixers made their first (and definitely not last) round of roster cuts, with partial/non-guaranteed players Vander Blue, Mac Koshwal, and my fellow former Temple student Khalif Wyatt hitting the road. Joining them in a bit of a shocker is Royce White, whose rookie contract and roughly $1.72 million salary was not enough to secure a roster spot. Not shocking was Royce White's response, which was to go on Twitter to compliment the team and then retweeting comments bashing the team, all the while #BeWell-ing the world at large. That erratic, tweet-happy behavior is something of a staple for White, and ultimately could have been the reason for his cut. On top of the lackluster defense and less than perfect shape, the team may have decided he wasn't worth keeping around. But why then would Kwame Brown be worth a roster spot? Kwame has not practiced during the preseason due to a lingering hamstring injury. He's also in the second year of a laughable two-year deal with only $2.945 million committed. There's also that whole thing where Kwame hasn't been well-conditioned since signing and realizing he'd play as a backup to he-who-must-not-be-named. Surely, he's worth less on the court than whatever Royce White could provide, even if his various adventures as cataloged by Sixers beat writer Chris Vito are a welcome sideshow. On the surface, that appears to be the case. But then the NBA is governed by something called a CBA which complicates things. We at Liberty Ballers talked at length about Kwame being used as an expiring contract in a trade. The Sixers haven't yet bought him out despite seemingly having no intention of ever putting him on the court, nor have they even discussed it to our knowledge. But he retains value because his presence means the Sixers can use him to absorb more incoming salary in a trade. The $1.2+ million difference - over $1.8 million when considering that a team can take 150% back on any deal so long as the team is under the tax afterward - can be the difference between a trade going through without giving up another player or asset. The Sixers could combine 2 partial guarantee players to make up the White contract amount. At the least, it would take 3 to make up Kwame's. It could mean the difference between adding an already promising young player or a uncertain second round pick. The Sixers front office, obsessed with improvement on the margins, certainly considered that when cutting Royce White.
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