Aug 25 2013

Wroten trade not complicated

Guy in suit: Is it better to have more young, low-risk players, or less young, low-risk players?
Four kids in classroom: More!
Suit: Why is that?
Sammy: Because you could have more players on the bench, and they could hang out, and you could get a taco splitter!
Suit: Tiago Splitter?
Four kids: (blank stares).
Suit: What’s a taco splitter?
Four kids: (giggles)
Sammy: It’s when you get a taco, and you smash it with your hands, and the taco goes everywhere.
Suit: And, why would you want that?
Sammy: Because then instead of one taco, you could have ten tacos!
Suit: Can’t argue with that.


Sam Hinkie picked up another asset, Tony Wroten, for free. Maybe he’s a scrub. Maybe he’s a starting point guard. Probably, he’s something between the two extremes. Either way, the Sixers only gave up a top-50 protected second-round pick, essentially nothing, to acquire a 20-year-old guard who was a first round pick only a year ago. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Kevin Pelton’s analysis of the Wroten-for-nothing trade is up on ESPN Insider. Spoiler: Sixers get an “A” and the Grizzlies get a “C+.”

For all of Wroten’s warts, he was a first-round pick a year ago and is still just 20. If that kind of long-term development project didn’t make sense for the contending Grizzlies, it’s perfect for the rebuilding 76ers. With only lottery pick Michael Carter-Williams at point guard, Philadelphia can give Wroten the kind of meaningful minutes that weren’t available in Memphis.

He won’t cost more than $2 million until 2015-16, the final year of his rookie contract, so there’s virtually no cost to the Sixers, who are still more than $8 million below the cap floor and had just 10 players signed to guaranteed contracts. And, if Wroten struggles in the near term … well, that isn’t the worst thing for a team that clearly has its eyes on the 2014 lottery.

  • James Roane

    Why does every mention say that Wroten “was a first round pick”, as if that has any meaning today. Lots of players are picked ahead of their NBA level. So somebody thought he was worth a first round pick a year ago, who cares. Not saying it was a bad move, just stop with the he was a first round pick. He would be a first round pick if the draft was today.

    • egoldwein

      Player A: 20 years old, 2.6 ppg, 9.34 PER, 2012 26th overall pick.
      Player B: 20 years old, 2.6 ppg, 9.34 PER, 2012 late second round pick.

      Who would you rather have?

      • hk99

        Along these lines, it would seem to make sense to take a flyer on Fab Melo now that the Grizzlies have released him.