Mar 22, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) is pursued by Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during the second half at the United Center. Chicago won 91-81. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers shouldn’t trade Michael Carter-Williams


The Philadelphia 76ers clearly covet former Kansas Jayhawks’ forward Andrew Wiggins. However, since they only hold the third-overall pick in the draft, Wiggins may not be on the board when they go on the clock.

The 76ers are attempting to move up to the number one spot and are reportedly prepared to use the third-overall pick and forward Thaddeus Young to do so.

If the 76ers can’t get their hands on Wiggins, there are some who believe their next choice would be Australian point guard Dante Exum rather than former Kansas Jayhawks’ center Joel Embiid or former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker. There has even been a report the 76ers could draft Exum and trade the 2013-2014 Rookie of the Year, point guard Michael Carter-Williams.

Although Carter-Williams isn’t worried about the rumors, if the 76ers don’t view him as a future superstar, it’s not completely out of the question they could trade him (although it does seem a little far-fetched).

Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders thinks trading Carter-Williams would be a big mistake.

Trading a reigning Rookie of the Year? I simply couldn’t do it. For the most part, NBA players… Especially point guards, make great leaps in their second and third years as they figure things out. Unless I was getting someone who was a CLEAR upgrade over MCW (and his potential), I don’t think I’d be willing to move him and I certainly wouldn’t be looking to.

Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds  and 1.9 steals per game while shooting 40.5% from the field, 26.4% from beyond the arc and 70.3% from the charity stripe.

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