The 76ers waived Highsmith on June 24, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
Highsmith finished the 2018-19 campaign as one of the 76ers' pair of two-way players, appearing in five NBA contests and averaging 1.8 points and 1.0 rebound in 8.0 minutes. Philadelphia apparently didn't see enough potential in the 22-year-old to justify keeping him on the roster heading into 2019-20, however, with the 76ers having since reserved their two-way spots for center Norvel Pelle and second-round wing Marial Shayok. Highsmith is still participating with the 76ers in the Las Vegas Summer League and could earn a training-camp invitation with Philadelphia or another squad.
Highsmith registered 15 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds and three assists in 104-97 loss Monday to the Charge.
Highsmith continues to put together productive numbers, averaging 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 43 games this season. The undrafted rookie is certainly versatile, having earned starts at power forward and center in 2018-19.
Highsmith was assigned to the G League's Delaware Blue Coats on Saturday.
The 76ers don't list Highsmith on their injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Lakers, an indication he's moved past the bout of tonsillitis that sidelined him for Friday's game against Denver. Instead, the two-way player won't be available Sunday while he returns to the G League.
Highsmith is questionable for Friday's game against Denver due to an illness, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Highsmith apparently has tonsillitis and is ultimately a game-time call for Friday's matchup. Even if Highsmith is cleared to play, it's unlikely that he will see the floor as he is buried on the depth-chart on a stacked roster.
Highsmith has been recalled from the G League's Delaware Blue Coats and will be available for Tuesday's game against the Raptors.
The 76ers list four players as out for Tuesday's contest, so Highsmith should dress for the contest to provide additional depth on the wing. He's unlikely to crack coach Brett Brown's rotation, however, and will probably be limited to garbage-time minutes if he's summoned from the bench.
The 76ers assigned Highsmith to the G League's Delaware Blue Coats on Wednesday.
After inking a two-way contract with the 76ers earlier Tuesday, Highsmith made his NBA debut later in the evening in Philadelphia's 132-115 romp over the Wizards, finishing with three points (1-2 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and an assist in five minutes. Since his contract only allows him to spend up to 45 days in the NBA, the 76ers will conserve some of his service time by moving him back to the G League for the time being. He'll likely see most of his minutes with Delaware for the duration of the season.
The 76ers will sign Highsmith to a two-way contract Tuesday, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
An undrafted swingman out of a Division II school (Wheeling Jesuit), Highsmith has overcome a modest pedigree to become one of the more valuable contributors this season for the Sixers' G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. Over 21 games with the club, he has averaged 13.8 points per game while knocking down 40.2 percent of his attempts from downtown. Though he'll likely see the bulk of his opportunities with the Blue Coats for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign, the two-way deal will allow him to spend up to 45 days with the NBA team. Highsmith will fill the two-way spot that was previously reserved for point guard Demetrius Jackson, who was waived Sunday.
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