Sixers waive Ricky Council IV and David Duke Jr., convert Javonte Smart to two-way deal

PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAY 07: Shirts line the seats of the Wells Fargo Center for fans before the Eastern Conference Semifinal Game between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers on May 07, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

The Sixers waived two-way players Ricky Council IV and David Duke Jr. following Friday night’s preseason victory over the Atlanta Hawks. This morning Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the team also converted guard Javonte Smart to a two-way deal.

Council, an undrafted shooting guard who played at Wichita State and Arkansas, was originally signed to a two-way contract with the Delaware Blue Coats. Duke, a shooting guard who played for Providence College, came in from the Brooklyn Nets on an Exhibit 10 contract. Duke had previously made the All-NBA G-League First Team this past season.

Smart, a guard from LSU who previously spent time with the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks, was originally signed for the Sixers’ summer league. He appeared in all eight games in Las Vegas and came in second on the team for scoring with 16.4 points per game. The conversion marks their last two-way spot available, but the team still needs to cut one more player by the Monday 5 pm deadline to get to the 15-man roster.