The non-guaranteed contract deadline was Tuesday at 4 p.m. central time, meaning that players with non-guaranteed contracts became guaranteed if they weren't waived before that league enforced deadline. In all, 15 athletes were waived in the days and moments leading up to the deadline.
Let's take a look at who was released:
Bulls waive Andrew Bynum
It's been a strange, winding road for the former All-Star center. He didn't play a single game in a Sixers uniform after a blockbuster deal sent him to Philly. He eventually signed with Cleveland in what appeared to be a low-risk deal. Bynum was suspended from the Cavaliers just months after his first season in Cleveland for "conduct detrimental to the team." Then Tuesday morning, he was traded from Cleveland (along with three future draft picks) to Chicago for Luol Deng. The Bulls had no plans with the big man, instead, taking advantage of his contract to save long-term money.
Celtics waive Ryan Gomes
The 31-year-old forward was shipped to Boston in part of a three-team trade with the Thunder and Grizzlies. Gomes is averaging career lows in points (1.2) and minutes (6.8) per game. He appeared in just five games this year. He's posted career averages of 10.1 points and 4.6 rebounds on 34.9 percent from behind the arc.
Clippers waive Stephen Jackson, Maalik Wayns
Los Angeles made two moves, getting rid of their veteran swing man (Jackson) and their 22-year-old point guard (Wayns). Neither Jackson nor Wayns made much of an impact this season, and the Clippers look like they're going to see what newly-acquired point guard Darius Morris brings in Chris Paul's absence.
Lakers waive Shawne Williams
Williams appeared in 32 games and started 11 games with the Lakers before being waived. A stretch forward, Williams seemed to fit Mike D'Antoni's offensive style. However, he shot slightly worse from deep this season than he had for his career.
76ers waive Daniel Orton
The former Kentucky Wildcat has yet to find a steady home in the NBA. Orton, 23, has played for three teams in three years and it's fair to wonder whether or not he'll find another team. He's big and plays with energy, so maybe there may be hope for him.
Jazz waive Mike Harris
Harris is an undersized power forward at 6'6 with limited offensive range, but he appeared to have the best year of his career, after not playing in the NBA for the last two years. He posted a 15.5 PER in the most minutes per game (11.3) of his career.
Kings waive Hamady N'Diaye
The 26-year-old, 7' center played in just 74 minutes this season in Sacramento. It's likely that the Kings simply didn't want to pay someone to waste away on the bench.
Grizzlies waive Seth Curry
Stephen Curry's little brother, Seth, played just four minutes in one game for the Grizzlies after a scorching start in the D-League. He doesn't have the ball handling or play making skills of his older brother, but he does have a lot of range on his jumper.
Magic waive Solomon Jones, Hedo Turkoglu
The long awaited waiving of Turkoglu finally came to fruition. The skilled forward is one of the most recognizable players in Magic franchise history, but he hasn't aged gracefully and hasn't been with the team all season. Jones fought valiantly for a guaranteed spot, but he didn't figure in Orlando's long term plans.
Pelicans waive Louis Amundson
Amundson was signed by New Orleans a few weeks after the start of the season, but he didn't make much of an impression in his time with the team. The 31-year-old big man has posted career averages of 3.6 points and 3.5 rebounds.
Knicks wave Chris Smith
The younger brother of J.R. Smith, Chris is rumored to sign with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the Developmental League. The Knicks took a lot of flack for signing Chris, mostly because of his relationship to J.R. Smith.
Warriors waive Hilton Armstrong
The former No. 12-overall pick has never stuck in the NBA. His career averages of three points and 2.3 rebounds per game are quite underwhelming for a guy taken in the lottery. He appeared in just seven games and played 28 minutes with the Warriors.