Report: Sixers Tried Hard To Trade Michael Carter-Williams
In Grantland’s Zach Lowe’s 33 Crazy Predictions for the upcoming NBA season, which includes Serge Ibaka winning his first Defensive Player of the Year and Jason Smith being the Knicks best two-way big man, but coming in at no. 10 was that the Philadelphia 76ers would “sniff out” deals for their point guard Michael Carter-Williams:
They tried hard during the draft, but they couldn’t draw the trove they envisioned or guarantee that the player they wanted with an acquired pick would be there, per several league sources. Expect Philly to repeat the exercise. It’s not a shot at Carter-Williams, or even a signal that the Sixers are dying to trade him. He may well end up a long-term cog in Philly.
The team knows point guard is the most replaceable position in the league today, and it will seek out any deal that adds to its stockpile of high-value draft picks.
Carter-Williams’ name was thrown around quite a bit during the NBA Draft this past June, but it’s still hard to believe that Philly would entertain parting ways with last season’s Rookie of The Year. His trade stock is already lucrative and will only grow, but his value as one of the young cornerstones of the Sixers franchise has to be coveted.
MCW averaged over 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists last season.