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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sixers add center

By JACK McCAFFERY @JackMcCaffery

PHILADELPHIACenter Daniel Orton, who played last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, has signed as a free agent with the 76ers.

The Sixers waived center Tim Ohlbrecht in a related move.

The 6-10, 255-pound Orton played at Kentucky, left early, and was the 29th overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Orlando Magic.

Orton, 23, split time last season between the Thunder and its D-league club, the Tulsa 66ers. He averaged 2.5 points in 13 NBA games.

After being drafted by the Magic, Orton was sent to the D-league, where he played two games and suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2010. He returned to play six games for the Magic in 2011-2012, averaging 2.8 points.

He averaged 12.5 points on 53 percent shooting, eight rebounds, two assists and two snuffs per game with Tulsa last season.

Ohlbrecht had been claimed off waivers by the Sixers in July, after he played three games last season for the Rockets.

With the moves, the Sixers’ roster remains at 20 players.


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