December 3, 2023

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 09: Dakota Mathias #33 of the Philadelphia 76ers passes during the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Wells Fargo Center on January 09, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

As first reported by PhillyVoice’s Kyle Neubeck, the Sixers are waiving guard Dakota Mathias.

As much as fans may not be happy, it’s true.

Mathias was on a two-way contract with the club.

With COVID-affected plyers, Mathias ended up playing 15.4 minutes per game across eight appearances, including two starts. Although his numbers of 6.0 points and 1.6 assists per game don’t look very swell, Mathias did hit the game-winning 3 in last Tuesday’s overtime win against Miami.

Philly Voice’s Kyle Neubeck reports that there is not a corresponding move coming to fill Mathias’ roster spot. It’s certainly odd timing considering that the Sixers just had a game postponed due to not having enough available players due to contact tracing.

However, the team was able to travel back to Philadelphia today and hasn’t reported any new positive COVID tests, so they must feel comfortable about having more than enough bodies for Wednesday’s game against the Boston Celtics.

We’ll see if Mathias catches on anywhere else, or if he maybe winds up back on a traditional G League contract. Maybe with the 76ers’ G League team, the Delaware Blue Coats?

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