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Report: Grizzlies trade Tony Wroten to Sixers for picks

Aug 22, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

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Tony Wroten is a guy whose game has started to mature the more you watched him — he showed flashes at Summer League in Las Vegas this year, putting up some nice games (23 points one night) and setting guys up. But he’s still not an efficient shooter, he still turns the ball over a little too much, and his defense is not going to get him run in Memphis (especially since Mike Conley is the locked in point and they have Jerryd Bayless and Nick Calathes behind him, plus Tony Allen is there).

Now Wroten is going to get the chance to spread his wings in Philadelphia.

The Grizzlies have traded Wroten to Philadelphia for a future second round pick, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Wroten himself essentially confirmed it.

Wroten is in the second year of his rookie contract (he was taken No. 25 out of Washington) and will make $1.16 million this season, then the Sixers will have team options on him the next two years. Last season he got in just 35 games for the Grizzlies.

With Jrue Holiday gone things are much more open at the point in Philadelphia. First round pick Michael Carter-Williams will get to start but behind him there are minutes to grab if Wroten earns them. Wroten certainly can pass but he needs to make guys respect his shot and not try to thread the needle quite so much (which leads to the turnovers issue).

Not a huge trade for the teams, but one that certainly opens things up for Wroten.

  1. illbringdabeers - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    If the Sixers are really going to have MCW and Tony Wroten as their PG’s, they really are going to get Wiggins

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Wroten will be the best backup PG that PHI has had in a looooong time!

    • slowclyde86 - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Wroten is dreadful. Simply dreadful.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:15 AM

        My first question for you sir would be, are you a Grizzlies fan and/or did you catch the Grizzlies play live or on TV on a regular basis?

        My 2nd question for you is did you see Tony Wroten in college?

        My 3rd and final question for you my friend is, do you know who PHI’s backup PGs have been for the last decade?

        That is all.

      • slowclyde86 - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        (1) Yes
        (2) Totally irrelevant. Many successful college players suck out loud in the pros.
        (3) Totally irrelevant. My comment spoke to Wroten. And yes, he sucks out loud.

    • tcclark - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      When Royal Ivey is the biggest “competition,” I think you might be right.

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