Are the Sixers Thinking of Dealing Michael Carter-Williams?
Let the rumors begin.
The Philadelphia 76ers are Exum fans as well, and if Wiggins is off the board, Exum will be in the mix. They think Exum and Carter-Williams could play together in the backcourt, although it would not be a very good shooting tandem. I think the more obvious fit comes if they trade Carter-Williams, an idea I'm told they have bounced around.
Sometimes where there is smoke there is fire and maybe that's the case here and maybe it's not, but does trading the current NBA rookie of the year make sense?
He led all rookies in scoring with an average of 16.7 points and added 6.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game to earn NBA rookie of the year.
Carter-Williams now seems doubtful to play on the 76ers' summer league team, and his availability for training camp in October isn't set in stone after he had surgery to repair the labrum of his right shoulder and there is no timetable for his return.
Could Sam Hinkie be worried about Carter-Williams?
He already is a poor shooter and with this surgery he will not be able to work on that part of his game, which means you could ask the question; how much will MCW improve from year one to year two?
The question would be how much can the Sixers get in return for Carter-Williams?
"I think that you would have to get back a couple of young veterans or a young veteran and a draft pick that you felt were a better fit for your team in the long term then Michael Carter-Williams," Chad Ford told Matt Hammond on Sports Bash Saturday recently. "I'm just not sure the deal that people are talking about is out there for Sam Hinkie right now."
The next question would be is it even a smart decision to try and deal Carter-Williams?
"When you look at the trajectory of the Sixers right now and what they are trying to do, I'm not sure it makes sense right now to trade him, unless you're clear that you're getting other assets that are clearly more valuable then the guy who just won rookie of the year," Ford explained. "And that aren't going to dramatically delay the rebuilding process."
Another possibility is keeping Carter-Williams, taking Donte Exum with the third pick and pairing the duo together.
"I don't think the Sixers would hesitate to put them together in the same back court," Ford said. "Because I especially think given the size of that back court that both of those guys could co-exist."
While Carter-Williams is the reigning rookie of the year and had a historical rookie season that only Magic Johnson was able to duplicate - He is the only NBA rookie other then Johnson to compile at least 16/6/6 with 1.9 steals per game - he is not untouchable.
"I don't think there are very many players in the league, Kevin Love isn't untouchable, so I don't know how Michael Carter-Williams is," Ford stated.
So Sixers fans, do you think the Sixers should think about dealing MCW?