Sixers sign Gordon, release Thomas

Drew Gordon of the 76ers tries to drive Mason Plumlee of the Nets during a preseason game. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

So it begins.

The 76ers made their first roster mover of the regular-season Monday, waiving injured power forward Malcolm Thomas and calling up Drew Gordon from the Delaware 87ers.

The Sevens are the Sixers’ NBA Development League team.

 Gordon appeared in six preseason games with the Sixers. The power forward averaged 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game. He also shot 64.5 percent from the before being  released. Gordon is the older brother of Orlando Magic rookie, Aaron Gordon.

Meanwhile, Thomas had been playing with fluid on his left knee for the last two weeks. He had an MRI on Tuesday, and didn't travel with the team for Sunday's against the Toronto Raptors in Canada. 

The fourth-year veteran has loose cartilage floating around his knee. He will undergo surgery to clean out the knee. The surgery will sideline the 6-9, 225-pounder for about four weeks.

He become the second post player released after suffering an injury. Power forward Jarvis Varnado was released in the preseason due to an Achillies injury.

Last season, the Sixers had 23 different players receive playing time in the regular season.

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