All of the hot takes are going to become even hotter as the NBA Draft gets closer. Being a month away now, this is only the beginning. Many people have tossed around the idea of trading Michael Carter-Williams and replacing him with Dante Exum, however, now it appears that the Sixers have had this same idea. Never before has a Rookie of the Year been subject to so many trade rumors. Michael Carter-Williams looked to be the new franchise face of the 76ers, but could it all come to an end within the next month?
It’s hard to make a case for trading the newly crowned Rookie of the Year, isn’t it? With Carter-Williams and Exum both having a less than stellar jumper, the 76ers might be concerned about the fit of the two athletic guards in the back court. It could be one of the most exciting tandems in the NBA, or one that throws up brick after brick on a nightly basis. Here what Chad Ford has to say about the 76ers and the possibility of an MCW trade (via NJ.com) :
The Philadelphia 76ers are Exum fans as well and if Wiggins is off the board, he’s in the mix. They think Exum and Carter-Williams could play together in the backcourt, though 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.
Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds last season and was the unanimous selection for Rookie of the Year. He is the second 76er to win the award in franchise history. The first was Allen Iverson, of course.
However, it’s no secret that the Sixers have some obsession with the Australian guard, Dante Exum. Head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, Brett Brown, is familiar with Exum from his days of coaching the Australian National Team. Exum has experience playing off the ball, but appears much more competent and electric at the point guard position. Exum is considered a better prospect than Michael Carter-Williams which might make MCW expendable if Exum comes to Philadelphia with the No. 3 selection.
It’s hard to say what the 76ers would be asking for Carter-Williams. Could anyone realistically see Sam Hinkie moving the Rookie of the Year for anything less than a top-10 pick in this years draft, or next? The 76ers seem to have a knack for trading their famous players right after a great season. Philadelphia traded Andre Iguodala after his first All-Star appearance in the now infamous Andrew Bynum trade. More fresh in everyone’s memory is the Jrue Holiday swap which netted Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams after Holiday’s first All-Star selection. Could Sam Hinkie try to work the same magic he did last season in the draft?
Instead of Michael Carter-Williams and Dante Exum, the 76ers could land Dante Exum and Noah Vonleh, or someone like Julius Randle. That would just add to the future core of the 76ers, who would still have the 10th pick in the draft. There are a million trade scenarios that could appear from a Michael Carter-Williams trade, but who really thinks it could happen?
Do you think the 76ers should trade Michael Carter-Williams if they select Dante Exum with the No. 3 pick?