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Rumor: Would Sixers be willing to trade Michael Carter-Williams and draft Dante Exum?

May 28, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

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There are front offices around the NBA who LOVE Dante Exum.

He’s the mystery man for most fans and a few front offices — he’s a 6’6” combo guard with a 6’9.5” wingspan, he is quick, has tremendous ball handling skills and a nice Basketball IQ for a guy who will still be 18 at the time of the draft. He can get to the line with the best in this draft. He’s about what could be — a big point guard with passing skills or a two guard who can double as a playmaker. The big negative is his shot — it needs work. Plus he hasn’t been sharpened against the same level of competition as the other guys in this draft.

The Sixers, with the No. 3 pick, are one of the teams were Exum has some fans in the front office, except the Sixers already have a tall project of a point guard who needs to improve his shot in Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams.

But the Sixers could take Exum and then move Carter-Williams, an idea they have discussed internally, reports Chad Ford at ESPN ($$, and hat tip Hoopshype).

The Philadelphia 76ers are Exum fans as well, and if Wiggins is off the board, Exum will be in the mix. They think Exum and Carter-Williams could play together in the backcourt, although it would not be a very good shooting tandem. I think the more obvious fit comes if they trade Carter-Williams, an idea I’m told they have bounced around.

Teams bounce around a lot of ideas, I would say don’t bet on this one.

Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid are 1-2 on most draft boards right now, with Jabari Parker locked in at the three spot. That could shift a little but some order that is your top three, with the Sixers taking whoever is still on the board from that group.

Which makes Exum a potential pick of the Orlando Magic at No. 4, putting him as the point guard next to Victor Oladipo in a young backcourt.

PBT’s draft expert Ed Isaacson of and Rotoworld had Exum going fifth in his first mock draft, the Utah Jazz, with them making Exum the two guard next to Trey Burke. Isaacson is not as high on Exum as some around the league.

The question is just how high up the draft board are one of those people who love Exum.

  1. bougin89 - May 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    I would not trade MCW to justify drafting Exum. That doesn’t sound like a good idea at all.

    • RavenzGunnerz - May 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      How in the world do you trade a ROY?

      • bougin89 - May 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        You don’t, or shouldn’t, unless the offer is completely in your favor.

        I doubt the Sixers are getting that offer so it makes no sense.

    • RavenzGunnerz - May 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      For a guy who hasn’t played competitive basketball on the US soil ever?

      • money2long - May 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        He has

  2. phillyphannnn83 - May 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Dumbest idea ever. Did you write this just for clicks?

    • R. Edmond - May 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      He linked two source stories.

    • aboogy123456 - May 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      I would do it. MCW’s stock is high right now and I don’t think he has elite potential. Exum is a generational talent so I would not let MCW be the reason I miss out on him.

      • bougin89 - May 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        “he’s a 6’6” combo guard with a 6’9.5” wingspan, he is quick, has tremendous ball handling skills and a nice Basketball IQ”

        Doesn’t that basically describe MCW? And he’s already proven what he can do in the NBA.

      • duhwighthoward - May 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        I would too.

      • sportsfan18 - May 28, 2014 at 4:47 PM


        there are those on here who always go for the draft picks…

        i don’t get it. some say they want to keep a top 10 draft pick if they were the Lakers and NOT go after Kevin Love.

        Love has PROVEN what he can do in the NBA too. He had the 3rd HIGHEST PER in the league this year after KD and LeBron.

        I would NOT take a 4th or 7th pick in the draft over Kevin Love and I tend to keep guys who have proven what they can do.

      • zoomy123 - May 28, 2014 at 9:11 PM


        This is true, but with one huge problem: Kevin Love can just opt out at the end of the season and not re-sign. Then you’ve given up a top 10 pick in a very nice draft to get 1 year out of Kevin Love. If you’re trying to build for the future, that would be disastrous.

      • money2long - May 28, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        He’s also proven he can have really bad shooting nights and turnovers

  3. haaaaasoooooo - May 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Word is: Bucks like him a lot.

    • TheMorningStar - May 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Word is: you full of crap.

    • bougin89 - May 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      If we take him at #2 I’ll riot. Somewhere. Probably just go outside and kick my trash can once or twice but in my book I’ll consider that a riot.

      • therealhtj - May 28, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Does it really matter? It’s not like Bucks are going anywhere. ‘Cept maybe Seattle.

      • bougin89 - May 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        Stereotypical “only the biggest markets matter” comment.

        Cool…well no.

        I won’t wait for a comment with any actual useful information from you, that would be a waste of time.

      • 00maltliquor - May 29, 2014 at 3:35 AM


  4. elcaminobilly - May 28, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    No way would I trade MCW. He’s going to be the face of the franchise for a long time…and if I were the Sixers I’d do everything I could to ensure it was mine.

  5. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 28, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Sixers float stuff like this so teams wanting Exum call up Philly for the 3rd pick.
    Nothing new

    • rmfields - May 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      Er, no. The Sixers aren’t going to trade the 3rd pick. They would take Parker/Wiggins/Embiid with that pick. They are saying they would trade MCW for the 4th pick to take Exum.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        You completely missed the point.
        They are not trading MCW

        They are fishing, but if you actually think they would trade MCW for 4th pick just to turn around an take his unproven clone then we have nothing to talk about.

  6. geejon - May 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    This can’t be serious. The Sixers are not passing on the chance to draft one of Parker/Embiid/Wiggins just to replace MCW with Exum and whatever they get for MCW. That’s ridiculous. Just for the trade to be a wash they would need the MCW trade package to equal a Parker/Embiid/Wiggins (since that’s what they’d be losing) and they wouldn’t get anything close to that in a MCW deal. Who comes up with this stuff?

    • bkbell3 - May 29, 2014 at 7:20 AM

      Also mcw is on a rookie contract so he doesn’t make enough to bring back much with out some kind of package and or getting a 3rd team involved. I watched a couple of highlite tapes on Exum and he shoots like Rubio, shot is from low on his forehead and a line drive. He also didn’t seem to finish well going left and the competition looked small,slow and very I might take him depending on who is off the board and pair him with mcw and see how they grow together. Philly isn’t going anywhere in the next few years and having that size and 2 ball handlers in the back court is intriguing.

  7. volcom2143 - May 28, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Never would happen .

  8. captainwisdom8888 - May 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    The Sixers trading Thad or even Noel makes a lot more sense than getting rid of the Rookie of the year MCW.

    Assuming Embiid goes 1 or 2, the Sixers get their SF in Parker or Wiggins, than they look for a SG at pick 10, while also considering talents like Dario Saric or even Doug Mcdermott.

  9. zukny1 - May 28, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    The more things play out the more it sounds like this:
    1. Cavs – Embiid (Embiid will apparently only try out for the top 2 teams & has proven his back is back)
    2. Bucs – Parker – I’ve heard all season how the Bucs want to win now and Parker is the best NBA ready player
    3. Sixers – Wiggins – He has been the highest on their board all year.

    That’s a very real possibility. if Wiggins goes, he is going number 1, but I don’t believe he will go to the Bucs in any scenario.

    My 10th pick: Dario Saric.

    Can’t understand why not 1 mock draft has had him goto the sixers. Saric likes to play around the rim and already has a decent perimeter shot. I think this kid could be the best PF of the bunch!

    • nadoinspincity - May 28, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      The bucks have a center, power forward and a small forward. It would make a lot of sense to pick Wiggins who is a shooting guard. The Bucks always might trade one of their players to make room but it will be a lot harder to get a quality deal if teams know that they have to move a player for chemistry/playing time problems.

      • zukny1 - May 28, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Bucs really aren’t strong anywhere and could use any player as an upgrade. But they invested a lot into:
        Larry Sanders – Center (moving on)
        Ersan Ilyasova – Power Forward (Signed until 2016/2017 season)

        Their 15th pick (Giannis) last year hasn’t really turned into much. Maybe he will in a few years from now though, but I don’t think that slows them down at SF.

        The only position I see where the BUCS might be content at is: PF.

      • 00maltliquor - May 29, 2014 at 3:36 AM


        John Henson, boss.

    • bougin89 - May 29, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Wiggins would be the best fit on the BucKs(it’s not Bucs, it’s Bucks). You could argue Wiggins would be the best pick on any team and you’d probably be right. If Wiggins is available the Bucks should take him but if he goes first, they should pick Parker, like you mentioned.

  10. chaseutley - May 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    I’m “OK” with the Sixers trading MCW, but it would take an overwhelming offer.

  11. bigwii - May 28, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Trade MCW and their 3rd pick and a second rounder as well as a contract filler to Boston for Rondo and Boston’s 6th pick

    • simoneauchristopher5 - May 28, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Boston is busy planning their move for Love. They aren’t looking for the long rebuild, they’re in position to fix their team quickly because of the abundance of assets. I’ve been saying this for over a year- they are getting Love and they’ll also end up w/ a 3rd great player. I’m not sure who though, either a wing that can score or a defensive stud at center. Watch the Tyson Chandler situation too, & if the Love deal goes down, watch for Melo to add Boston to his list of teams. Seriously.

      BTW- if you look at my old comments, I predicted the Miami Big 3. Here is the link…

  12. simoneauchristopher5 - May 28, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    If Cleveland takes Wiggins over Parker or Embiid, they will be right back in the lottery again next year. Do people really think Wiggins is the better pick because he jumps higher? That’s just stupid and uninformed. Parker is going to be Paul Pierce, Part II. Wiggins looks like a Gerald Green clone. Pretty easy choice there.

    • sasquash20 - May 28, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      They both scare me

    • money2long - May 28, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Do u say Paul pierce because he’s a little bulky and doesn’t have elite jumping skills ?
      Hey because pierce’s game is def more smooth with an array of great footwork. Parker does not come close to matching pierce’s foot work. Somethin that defines pierce’s game.

    • bougin89 - May 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      If you want your rookie to come in and compete on both sides of the ball you like Wiggins more than Parker.

  13. jadaruler - May 28, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Think this just a rumor as well. Sixers probably want to trade back because they know Parker and Embiid will be gone.

    Wiggins is cool but I think he’s more Gay/Derozan than Lebron.

    • theblackrook - May 29, 2014 at 3:45 AM

      Ummm neither of thoe guys play defense nearly as well as Wiggins.

  14. mungman69 - May 28, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    LOOK; The Cavs WILL take Wiggins
    The Bucks WILL take Embiid
    The Sixers WILL take Parker
    The Majic WILL take Exum

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 28, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      Well, thank you for straightening that out.

      • 00maltliquor - May 29, 2014 at 3:38 AM

        Why even have the draft? NBA teams should all just consult mungman. He’s got all the answers.

  15. eugenesaxe1 - May 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    That would be about stupid. CLE maybe, not Philly.

  16. haaaaasoooooo - May 29, 2014 at 4:18 AM

    I love this time of year. You can say ANYTHING, and it COULD be true. Let me show you:
    Cleveland is saying they are trading Waiters, #1 pick and Sideshow bob for Bosh.
    Now, go ahead. You try it!

  17. mungman69 - May 29, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    00 –
    I think that the Cavs will have to get this right and Wiggins is that pick. Then everyone else falls in line.
    I also don’t think that you can go wrong with any of the too picks.
    There may not be any LeBron James’ in this draft but it is a very deep draft.

  18. tomasekradek - May 29, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    “Sixers already have a tall project of a point guard who needs to improve his shot in Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams”

    Well that’s probably true so why do you think Orlando needs to piling up guards with no shot? Victor is more of a two-gurad but he is also big project, tall for a point and has no shot. And what if it turns out that Exum is too slow/big to play PG? I know he may be the best player available for Magic but from my point of view it doesn’t make much sense drafting him. Orlando has to hope for one of those 3 falling…. So good luck magic

  19. mungman69 - May 29, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    The Suxers need guys that can score. It’s Parker if he’s there.

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