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Andrew Bynum, Stephen Jackson top list of players waived Tuesday

Jan 7, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT

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Today was essentially cut-down day in the NBA. Any player on the roster come Jan. 10 has his contract guaranteed for the full season (even if he is let go), and as it takes 48 hours to clear waivers players have to be let go of Tuesday (5 ET) to make that deadline.

There were expected names at the top of the list of who got waived and cut loose on Tuesday, but here is a list of all the players waived at the last minute.

• In a surprise to nobody, the Chicago Bulls waived Andrew Bynum. This is why they traded Luol Deng to Cleveland, for the rights to get Bynum and cut him loose, ultimately saving the team $15 million in salary and taxes and getting them under the tax-line threshold. Certainly the Bulls become worse on the court with this move, Tom Thibodeau can’t be happy, but with Derrick Rose out and with it any real hopes of contending this was the smart move by Chicago.

• The Los Angeles Clippers waived veteran Stephen Jackson. This also was somewhat expected — with Chris Paul out for another month or more the Clippers need to carve out roster space for guys that can help them create shots. That’s not Jackson anymore. The Clippers are going to bring back Maalik Wayns on a 10-day contract for now in that roster slot.

• The Los Angeles Lakers waived forward Shawne Williams. Early in the season he looked like one of those guys who could come out of nowhere and thrive in Mike D’Antoni’s system, even started 11 games and put up 20 points against the Pistons. However, he still was averaging just 5.2 points a game on 37.7 percent shooting, he wasn’t an integral part of the team and the Lakers want to give his minutes to rookie Ryan Kelly to see if he can develop as a stretch four (he has shown some promise).

• Also as expected out of the Bynum trade, the Boston Celtics have waived Ryan Gomes. He was traded to them from Oklahoma City as the Thunder are looking to clear a roster spot for a bigger move and the Celtics wanted to save a little green, so to speak.

• Utah waived Mike Harris, a forward who had played a limited role for them getting in just 20 games. Utah has young front line guys it wants to play big minutes, which make Harris expendable.

• The Philadelphia 76ers have waived big man Daniel Orton, who had played in 22 games for the team this year. It will be interesting to see if another NBA team will give the former Kentucky big man another chance.

•  Atlanta cut loose reserve guard Cartier Martin, a player that has lived on the fringe of the NBA for years.

  1. theromeo2k - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Great move by the Bulls. It’s time for them to start looking forward into the future and start expanding the cap space for an opportunity to sign good players alongside D. Rose.

    Stephen Jackson was a waste of air anyways. They already got M. Barnes for “toughness” purposes– so good move by letting him go.

    I thought Shawne Williams was playing pretty well for the Lakers, but I think that getting rid of old vets and unproductive players in order to give that playing time to rookies is a great move for the Lakers.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Mavs should sign Bynum to a five year contract, but hurry up before he gets snapped up.

      • nyhammerhead - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Bynum should go on Shark Tank and get on his Knees (Ouch !) and beg Cuban for a job as Doorman.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Who is going to want to go to Chicago though? The Bulls may not get comparable talent back for a while. That’s the problem with creating space instead of, say, trading for a useful player (or keeping one).

      • psubeerman21 - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        They have a star, money, and draft picks. There are worse places to go. Much worse. It’s a desirable spot.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        Draft picks do not attract free agents. Their star is not in a state where he’d attract a free agent interested in winning in a timely manner. They have money, yes, but they’re also cheap… so there’s that too.

        Yes, there are worse places to go, but “desirable” is a bit of a stretch.

  2. danmarinos1stlovechild - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    So what are the hances of the Heat signing Bynum and getting strong play from him?

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Their chances of signing him are fair, getting good play from him is another matter. He isn’t really a good fit with what they do, he doesn’t help their spacing. The Birdman is mobile and helps there more than Bynum would.

  3. ojdiddoit - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Bynum should get a mandatory 5 year prison sentence for all the money hes stolen over the last two years impersonating a nba player

  4. csbanter - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    So what will the critics say when Bynum is waving a championship t-shirt in miami this summer after helping the 3 peat. No wonder Lebron took his talents to South Beach. Cleveland smh.

    • psubeerman21 - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      He won’t be helping them. Maybe he will be on the bench, but he doesn’t want to play basketball. He really likes getting paid, though. So he will sit there and not play and collect money and maybe a title if he is on the right team. This will go on for some time, until teams finally get it.

      • nyhammerhead - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        He should have gone to N. Korea with Rodman.

    • miamatt - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Highly doubtful. The Heat guaranteed the contracts of both Michael Beasley and Roger Mason Jr. today, meaning the roster is full. In order to add Bynum, they would have to eat somebody else’s contract, plus pay Bynum. Also, the Heat showed no interest in Bynum last summer.

      While, at the minimum, he would be an attractive gamble, I can’t see Bynum to Miami unless the Heat find a taker for Joel Anthony. Even so, one could argue that Anthony is more likely to help the Heat in an emergency than is Bynum. At least he knows the system, hustles, and, um, cares….

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Um…thanks but no thanks.

  5. starvingardens - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Well… It looks like Stack Jack can now make love to the unemployment line.

  6. sportfan2 - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Pro Basketball is in bad shape. Bad teams with bad overpaid players. Time to trim it.

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