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Philadelphia 76ers Waive Center Kwame Brown and Guard Darius Morris

Nov 13, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Darius Morris (7) brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Rockets 123-117. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistNovember 20, 2013

Let us all join together and mourn the era of Philadelphia 76ers basketball that included both Kwame Brown and Darius Morris. Never again will we experience such a tandem. 

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski both superstars players who called Philly home have been waived: 

Now they'll be fair game for any D-League team that wants to pick them up and let them function as bench fodder for the rest of the 2013-14 season. 

As replacements, Elliott Williams and Lorenzo Brown will be added to the roster, although there's no telling how much either of them will play. 

Morris was brought aboard late this summer and played a dozen games before biting the bullet. Interestingly enough, that's 12 games more than Andrew Bynum ever recorded for the Sixers. During that time, the point guard was actually fairly serviceable, averaging 6.9 points and 2.6 assists per game with a 12.6 PER.

That last number is below the league average, but hardly low enough to make him one of the league's worst players. 

Then there's the infamous Kwame Brown. 

December 28, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Kwame Brown (54) looks on during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena. The Warriors defeated the 76ers 96-89. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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This can't be viewed as a surprising move, seeing as writers have been speculating about it for a while now. In October, Yahoo!'s Kelly Dwyer wrote the following about the big man: 

If the point of this season is to lose games, accrue assets, and figure out who is going to be the eighth and ninth player in the rotation in 2015-16, why not turn 2013-14 into one large training camp? The 76ers are going to look like one massive D-League collection this season anyway, so why not hand over Brown’s spot to a young D-Leaguer that may have a chance at contributing to Philadelphia at some point down the line?

It's a thought that Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times has confirmed, albeit a few weeks later. 

Brown played 22 games (starting 11) for the Sixers last year, but didn't suit up even once in the 2013-14 campaign. A balky hamstring cut his training camp short and he's been so out of shape that there's no way Brett Brown could ask him to play in the movement-heavy system Philadelphia has employed this year. 

Can you imagine Brown trying to fill in for Spencer Hawes knowing that the starting center has been among the league leaders in distance moved during the 2013-14 season? 

Now that he's been cut from what should become his final NBA team, Brown may never play in the NBA again. Ever since he was drafted at No. 1 overall by the Washington Wizards, Brown has struggled to find a long-term home. This marks the end of his tenure with his seventh team in 12 years. 

It's time to close the door on this chapter of NBA life for these two players. Whether a new one gets started or not is still up in the air. 

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