Sixers management has “bounced around” the idea of trading Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, as Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports amid an Insider-only piece he co-authors with Kevin Pelton. The Sixers are high on draft prospect Dante Exum, according to Ford, and while they believe Exum and Carter-Williams could co-exist in the backcourt in spite of their shooting deficiencies, it appears they’re thinking about choosing the guard from Australia over last year’s 11th overall pick.
A couple of Philadelphia-based beat writers have advanced the idea that the Sixers should trade Carter-Williams, but it hadn’t seemed as though the team had given it serious consideration until now. Williams was a runaway winner for the Rookie of the Year award and a unanimous All-Rookie First Team selection, but he was the leader of a weak 2013 draft class and put up his numbers for a talent-poor 19-win Sixers team. He averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds in 34.5 minutes per game this past season, but he shot just 26.4% from behind the arc, and his 15.5 PER suggests only slightly above average efficiency.
The Sixers have the third and 10th picks in this year’s draft plus five second-round picks, and that coupled with ample cap flexibility gives GM Sam Hinkie plenty of options for trades. Carter-Williams probably lacks the upside of a top-three pick in this year’s draft, but he would provide trade suitors a young, inexpensive player who’s already shown he can hold his own in the NBA.