DeWayne Dedmon’s second 10-day deal expired today and according to the Inky’s Keith Pompey, the Sixers have opted not to resign the center.
Dedmon looked OK in limited minutes over the course of his two short contracts. Despite his underwhelming PER (8.7), he was arguably the Sixers’ best defensive big man. Small sample size emphasized, his per 36 numbers were indicative of strong play, averaging 11.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. He also logged more win shares per 48 minutes (.041) than Evan Turner (.034), Brandon Davies (-.008) and Tony Wroten (-.040), among others, per basketball-reference.
This move could mean a few things, one of them being that they are making room for Arnett Moultrie. He’s been “close” to returning for what seems like a decade. Another potential reason is that MCW (day-to-day, shoulder soreness) could miss more time than expected, and the team wants to sign another guard.
There’s also the speculation that this move could preclude a trade in the coming days or weeks, prior to the Feb. 20 trade deadline. The Sixers may want to take back more players than they send out, and such a transaction would require an open roster spot. Or maybe, they just don’t think he’s any good.
Regardless of the reasoning behind it, pour one out for Dedmon. It was a good, albeit short run.