The Sixers traded big man Tony Bradley and future second-round picks in 2025 and 2026 for George Hill back in March. It was a premium price they paid for Hill, who was out at the time with a thumb injury, but it did seem worth it because of his playoff resume and ability to play off the ball next to a player like Ben Simmons, or on with reserve units. So it was a bit surprising that Hill didn’t play much with the team’s starters. And it’s also a bit surprising he’s being waived, despite struggling in the playoffs.
I thought a big part of the team’s motive in acquiring Hill was because his $10M salary for the 2022 season (which would have become guaranteed had they not opted to waive him) would have been a very valuable trade chip.
So with that money not going to Hill, you start to wonder if this was some type of “total savings” move where the team is considering potential luxury taxes, aprons, exceptions, and the like.