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Michael Carter-Williams confident 76ers won’t trade him

Jun 5, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

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Not many teams would even consider trading the reigning Rookie of the Year. Would the 76ers actually do it?

From the jump, that rumor was unlikely to come to fruition. But I thought, if there were one team crazy enough to do it, it’d be Philadelphia.

The 76ers have been historically aggressive in rebuilding/tanking. They’re attempting to assemble a roster full of good players by drafting them while the players they’ve already acquired are still bad enough to land a spot high in the lottery. Soon, Carter-Williams will be good enough to lift them higher in the standings and that window for drafting elite talent will start to close. Maybe the 76ers want to keep it open a little longer – and trading Carter-Williams for a future draft pick would accomplish that.

Plus, it’s possible Carter-Williams’ stock never gets higher. He completely exceed expectations this season, and although some of that is due to Carter-Williams being better than expected, he might be due for a regression to the mean. With three seasons left on his rookie contract, potential trade partners would also covet his low salary.

Long story short, I saw the logic for – and consequently, the possibility of – the 76ers trading him.

Carter-Williams did not.

As transcribed by CSN Philly:

“I didn’t even pay any attention to it,” Carter-Williams told the WIP morning show on Wednesday. “I have a great relationship with the coaches and the GM here, you know, I’m pretty confident that I’m not going anywhere for a little while. So, yeah, I heard it and I didn’t really pay any attention to it.”

At face value, Carter-Williams’ words don’t mean much. Plenty of players possessing great relationships with their coaches and general manager get traded. The NBA is too cutthroat for those relationships to completely prevent trades.

But there might be an implied extra layer to Carter-Williams’ statement. If his great relationship with Brett Brown and Sam Hinkie meant one of them told him he wouldn’t be traded, Carter-Williams can feel relatively safe. I doubt they’d outright lie to him, though a misinterpretation is possible.

If Carter-Williams is remaining with the 76ers, that means preparing for next season with them. Unfortunately, his shoulder surgery might slow him into July.

Tom Moore of Calkins Media:

Carter-Williams has plenty of time to catch up during training camp, the preseason and even the regular season. It’s doubtful the 76ers are ready to leave the lottery next year – even if they keep Carter-Williams.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    I don’t get this. They just traded Jrue Holiday and now they want to send MCW away? Come on Sixers… AI isn’t anywhere in this draft. Keep this kid.

    • sumkat - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:23 AM

      It isn’t happening. I could see them moving Thad Young for a 2015 protected pick though

  2. brookwell2013 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Is it possible that the 76’ers move MCW? Yes, it’s posible. It is also possible we’ll all get hit by a meteor tomorrow. But it is highly unlikley. Just atmospherics and pyrotechnics on the internet. Prolly too much time between the Conference finals and the Finals…….

  3. reasonisthereason - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Greg Monroe would be a great fit. Make it happen.

  4. bougin89 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Players still early in their rookie contracts are the most bang-for-your-buck players. It would be very unwise for the Sixers to deal MCW when they could team him up with Noel and the two lottery picks they have this year. They are on the verge of having a very promising(and very cheap) core, don’t break that up before it starts.

  5. philswfc08 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    There is no way they are trading him…he’s a big part of the rebuilding plan, which one would think involves just 1 more year of sucking/lottery picking and then maybe a sprinkling of FA signings over the summer of 2015. A 3 year plan…Noel/MCW last year, 2 lottery guys this year (plus a handful of 2nd rounders) and another lotto pick next year…then let them grow together.

    • sumkat - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:22 AM

      My guess is the “plan” is to have one more year of big time sucking, then have a exciting 5 player young core (Noel, MCW, this year’s 2 picks, next years pick), and instead of sprinkling players in FA, will look to make a splash in FA. They will have a 2 year window where they can sign a max FA, and 2 if they don’t do anything else dumb (like giving Kwame Brown a multi year deal). They would have a 2 year window to do this before Noel/MCW’s rookie contracts are up, and their cap hit goes up from their rookie deals.

      Just to show what it COULD look like, and this won’t happen, because IF they get the 2 max FA’s, it will most likely be in the 2nd season of their window, not the first. They COULD have MCW/Wiggins/Melo/Love/Noel with the 10 pick this year, next year’s lottery pick, and Thad Young coming off the bench. (Personally, I wouldn’t like that team, Love and Melo would be rough for team D, but just throwing the first 2 guys off the top of my head that will be max FA’s)

      Technically, as long as they were willing to pay the tax, they could then keep that 7 man core together for as long as they wanted. My guess is, they would make plenty of money if they were a perennial contender.

  6. duhwighthoward - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Very funny picture, thanks!

    Anyway, it wouldn’t surprise me if they trade him. I think after one season, they realize he’s really not that good and the ceiling is approaching quickly.

  7. nard100 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Can you imagine what would happen if they traded MCW? There would be rioting in the streets. Fans would jump the turnstile and raid the corporate offices. LOL

  8. nard100 - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    The third paragraph of this article is awesome by the way. It really speaks to the demented mentality and dysfunction of this front office and why I had to get off that sinking ship to keep my sanity. Watching Dr J sit apoplectic as the picks for the lottery were being announced was priceless. Apparently, no one got him the memo on how many picks they had in the first round. – LOL

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