Speculation circling around Michael Carter-Williams and who the Sixers will draft at the number three spot.
The Philadelphia 76ers are in an intriguing position going into the offseason. Their roster is full of holes at almost every position, and could be rebuilt either through the draft or free agency.
The most talented player on the roster is Michael Carter-Williams, the 2014 Rookie of the Year. The point guard from Syracuse was the lone bright spark in a miserable season of tanking for Philadelphia.
The 76ers, however, are rumoured to have entertained the idea of trading the 22-year-old away this summer. Sports Glory speculates that Carter-Williams may be on his way out if Philadelphia decide to take Australian point guard Dante Exum with the number three pick in the draft, an idea they have "bounced around" according to ESPN's Chad Ford.
Carter-Williams has said that he pays no attention to the rumours, and he does not expect to be traded.
“I didn’t even pay any attention to it,” the point guard said. “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."
Carter-Williams recently underwent shoulder surgery, and is unlikely to play in the summer league this year. Nerlens Noel, however, who missed the entirety of last year while rehabbing a torn ACL, expects to feature in Orlando and Las Vegas.
“Most definitely, I will be an active participant,” the 20-year-old center said. “I am really excited. It has been a long time since I have been able to play in an organized basketball game. I am just going to step out there and do what I have been doing my whole life."
On to the draft. Jabari Parker is still the most likely player to be taken by the 76ers at the number three spot, despite the speculation surrounding Exum. In his latest mock draft, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated has got the former Duke forward going to the Sixers, after Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins.
A poll on libertyballers.com suggests that Parker is also the fans' choice to be drafter third. He took 76% of the vote, ahead of Exum on 19%.
Elsewhere, Philly.com reports that Phil Jackson's New York Knicks may attempt to purchase one or more of Philadelphia's five second-round picks in the draft, as a way of building on their expensive, underachieving roster. The Knicks currently have no picks.
Finally, two guards will work out for the Sixers between June 11-13. Andre Dawkins, formerly of Duke, and Bryce Cotton, formerly of Providence, are both expected to be taken late in the second round.