Thursday , Jan , 11 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Sixers waive Webber

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers waived Chris Webber
on Thursday, one day after reaching an agreement on terms to buy out the
forward’s contract.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported the agreement for the buyout on Wednesday
and the team later made it official during its 106-99 loss to the New York
Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

According to the paper, Webber would give back less than $5 million in the
deal. He was slated to make over $20 million this season and over $22 million
next year under his current contract.

Once Webber clears waivers, teams will have the opportunity to sign him.

The exit of Webber, who Philadelphia acquired from Sacramento by trade in
February of 2005, marks the second major shakeup for the rebuilding 76ers this

The Sixers traded guard Allen Iverson to Denver in December along with rookie
Ivan McFarlin for guard Andre Miller, forward Joe Smith and a a pair of first-
round draft choices.

A five-time All-Star, Webber has been limited to just 18 games this season
because of right ankle and foot injuries. He missed 10 of Philadelphia’s
last 13 games and is averaging 11 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per
game this year.

In his career, Webber holds averages of 21.4 points, 10 rebounds and 4.3
assists in 779 games, all but two of those starts.

Webber was selected first overall in the 1993 draft by the Orlando Magic and
was promptly traded to Golden State for guard Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway
and three first-round draft picks. He averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds
per game in his rookie season, but feuded with then Warriors coach Don
before the start of his sophomore season, refused to report to training camp
and was then traded to Washington.

He spent his next four seasons in Washington before moving on to Sacramento
for the next six-plus seasons. The former Michigan product is best remembered
from his college days as a member of the “Fab Five” and for calling a timeout
his team didn’t have in the 1993 NCAA Tournament championship game with 11
seconds left in the contest and his team down by two.

That led to a technical foul being called and an eventual 77-71 defeat at the
hands of North Carolina.