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Sixers Cut Four, Trim Roster to Fourteen

Dec 21, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

Our condolences go out on this Wednesday afternoon to the Xaiver Silas fan club. The former Northern Illinois Huskie is among the four players announced by the 76ers as having been released.

Our condolences go out on this Wednesday afternoon to the Xaiver Silas fan club. The former Northern Illinois Huskie is among the four players announced by the 76ers as having been released.

Silas joins Antonio Anderson, Dwayne Jones and Mike Tisdale on the open market. Of the four, Silas was the only one to see preseason action, recording a block in the waning moments of the team’s second and final exhibition game against the Wizards last evening.

The Sixers are now down to a 14-man roster, and are expected to stay that way. Of course, only twelve guys can dress on any given night.

Sixers coach Doug Collins was quoted last evening as saying that 6-10 forward Craig Brackins, who played just three games with the team last year, is in the process of transitioning from a power forward to a small forward, and is “in a fight with Andreas Nocioni for the sixth perimeter spot.” Nocioni was expected to be either amnestied or released earlier this month and has not played in either exhibition contest. Second round draft pick Lavoy Allen and veteran big man Tony Battie round out the remainder of the roster for those not already part of coach Collins’ rotation.

With a brief training camp and preseason already behind them, the Sixers are set to open their 2011-2012 season on the road next Monday night in Portland.