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By Brandon Apter, Sports Talk Philly editor

Veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova completed his buyout with the Hawks on Monday. Once he clears waivers on Wednesday, he's expected to sign with the Sixers. With the Sixers' roster at capacity, they'll need to release someone in order to make room for Ilyasova. While many would welcome the departure of a guy like Jerryd Bayless, he's under contract next year. Younger guys like Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Richaun Holmes hold some value and have cheap contracts in the coming year.

The most obvious candidate to waive is Trevor Booker. Acquired from the Nets in a December trade, Booker has gotten consistent minutes, but is he the best fit for the Sixers? Not really. Sure, his veteran presence and tough, gritty style of play is admirable and important, but when paired on the floor with other big men like Amir Johnson or Joel Embiid, the post becomes clogged and Booker doesn't have the range to stretch the floor like Ilyasova will. Dropping Booker might make the Sixers a little worse defensively off the bench, but Ilyasova's offense will ideally out-weigh that factor. When asked about the potential of being a buyout candidate on Tuesday, Booker responded about as textbook as you can.

“I’ve talked to my agent,” Booker said after Tuesday’s shootaround. “It’s a possibility. But I’m not worried about anything. At the end of the day, everything is going to work out the best for me.”

The Sixers are Booker's fourth NBA team. Now in his eighth NBA season, Booker is averaging 6.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. If he is the one waived, the 30-year-old veteran says he isn't worried about finding a new home.

“First and foremost, you understand that it’s a business; it won’t get to you as much. It is what it is. I understand that. I’m fine with it. If I do get waived or bought out, whatever it is, I have a lot of teams interested in me.”

Booker was selected 23rd overall by the Timberwolves in the 2010 NBA draft.

 

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