Sixers cut Rodney Williams, Gani Lawal

Evan Turner
Evan Turner
Posted: October 28, 2013

There was a thought that the 76ers would waive Rodney Williams or Gani Lawal before the cut-down deadline.

It turned out the Sixers released both players before Saturday's 5 p.m. league-mandated roster cut. The team could make an addition since it is one player under the 15-man limit.

Williams is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Minnesota. He missed the first five preseason games with a strained right hamstring. The swingman scored a total of two points and finished with three blocks, three rebounds, a steal, and an assist in the Sixers' final two preseason games.

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound high-flier averaged eight points and 1.2 rebounds in July for the Sixers' Orlando Pro Summer League team. Williams averaged 10.1 points and five rebounds as a power forward at Minnesota last season.

Lawal averaged 1 point, 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 4.8 minutes in six preseason games.

The Georgia Tech product was the Phoenix Suns' second-round pick in 2010.

The 6-foot-9, 234-pounder was slated to start for Phoenix against the New York Knicks on Jan. 7, 2011, even though he had played only two minutes for the team. But he suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear the day before that game. After being waived, he spent the next two seasons playing overseas.

He averaged 13.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks last season for Virtus Roma of the Italian League.

Lawal signed a lucrative contract in August to play for VEF Riga in the Latvian League. But his relationship with the European team was shaky from the start. It was reported that he chose not to travel to a Euroleague qualifier and that the team didn't like his attitude. Lawal parted ways with VEF Riga on Oct. 3 to sign with the Sixers.


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