When news broke about a potential deal involving the Los Angeles Lakers acquiring Michael Carter-Williams from the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday morning, it was understandably met with a great deal of skepticism.
After all, even if the Los Angeles Lakers were to give up their No. 7 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Carter-Williams is coming off an impressive season which saw him win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award and it seems doubtful that Philadelphia would be willing to give up on their young talent so early.
Of course, earlier this week we heard noise suggesting that the Philadelphia 76ers, despite already owning the No. 3 and No. 10 picks in the upcoming draft wanted an additional top ten selection and that’s something the Los Angeles Lakers own.
The Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings also own top ten picks which are reportedly available for the right price, so the Lakers aren’t the only team who would potentially be willing to fulfill the Sixers needs though all of the previously mentioned teams appear to be coveting a return to the postseason and would like a vet to help them achieve such, something the Sixers don’t have much of.
All of that leads to the fact that according to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers and Sixers have not talked about Michael-Carter Williams in a trade for the No. 7 pick.
Pincus didn’t go on to suggest if there were any other trade talks between the two teams or if it was just Michael Carter-Williams, but such a deal seemed far too favorable for the Lakers and rather questionable for the Sixers.