Ex-Cats notes: 76ers release Orton; Wall and Wizards get 8th road win

January 7, 2014 

Former University of Kentucky center Daniel Orton was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

The move was more a surprise in a basketball sense than a business one.

Had Orton remained on the team past 5 p.m. Tuesday, his contract would have been guaranteed for the rest of the season.

"The program is at a stage to where we are trying to identify people to move forward with," Sixers Coach Brett Brown told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "We felt like we had a fair enough time to make a judgment on Daniel in relation to: Is he going to fit in for the long term?

"He's a really good player. ... "At this stage, we decided it was best to let him go and find other opportunities ... ," Brown said.

The 6-foot-10, 255-pound Orton signed as a free agent with Philadelphia on Oct. 16 and appeared in 22 games with four starts. He was one of only a few healthy big men on the young Sixers' roster.

Orton averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game.

Orton signed with Philadelphia after being released by Oklahoma City on Oct. 10.

Orton, 23, was the 29th pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, going to Orlando, after his freshman season at Kentucky.

He spent last season with Oklahoma City and also played for the Thunder's NBA Development League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers.

Orton appeared in 13 games with the Thunder during the 2012-13 season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.0 minutes per contest.

■ The Detroit Pistons' Josh Harrellson, another former UK player who had signed a non-guaranteed contract before the season, wasn't released and will be guaranteed all of his $884,000 deal.

Harrellson has averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per game this season.

Tuesday's highlights

■ John Wall had 17 points, eight assists and no turnovers in the Washington Wizards' 97-83 win at Charlotte. The Wizards' eighth road win is one more than they had all of last season.

Wall helped ignite a decisive run 17-0 run in the third quarter. First he dunked off an alley-oop dunk pass from Trevor Booker and then when he grabbed a loose ball as the 24-second shot clock wound down and hit a three-point shot from 35 feet at the shot-clock buzzer.

Of the dunk off the high pass from Booker, Wall said: "We try them in practice sometimes. He'll be thinking he's a point guard sometimes, so I just told him to throw it up and he put it on the money."

■ Anthony Davis had a double-double and New Orleans had a six-point lead by halftime, but the Heat put the brakes on them in the second half of a 107-88 Miami victory. Davis finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.

"They started making shots and the momentum switched," Davis said. "And they never looked back."

■ Patrick Patterson scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Toronto Raptors' 86-79 loss to the Pacers at Indianapolis.

■ Jodie Meeks scored 24 points and tied a career high with six assists in the Los Angeles Lakers 110-97 loss at Dallas. Meeks hit four three-pointers and also had four rebounds and four steals.

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