The Sixers have engaged in exploratory talks with several other teams over the past few weeks about trading Michael Carter-Williams, as Chad Ford of ESPN.com reports amid his reader chat. Some but not all among Sixers officials don’t view him as a long-term asset, according to Ford, who suggests that Philadelphia is holding out for a high return. Carter-Williams is making slighly more than $2.3MM this season in the second year of his rookie scale contract.
Ford reported this past May that the Sixers had considered trading the reigning Rookie of the Year, and Grantland’s Zach Lowe wrote that they made a hard push to do so around the draft. The Lakers wanted Carter-Williams and then-Sixer Thaddeus Young in return for the No. 7 pick and Steve Nash, though the Sixers rebuffed that proposal, as Ford wrote then. Sean Deveney of The Sporting News suggested the Lakers weren’t serious about that pursuit.
Scoring is down for the 23-year-old Carter-Williams this year after offseason shoulder surgery, and while his assists are up, so are his turnovers. Backup point guard Tony Wroten has continued to progress for Philadelphia, so much as to draw the rumored pursuit of the Clippers, so the Sixers have a an in-house replacement should they opt to deal Carter-Williams.