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Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Aug. 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm with 2 Comments »
August 22, 2013 6:07 pm

Per usual, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is out front Thursday with the news of Tony Wroten being dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Wroten played little in Memphis where he averaged 2.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 7.8 minutes per game. Even though the Grizzlies parted with coach Lionel Hollins, who often had explicit things to say about Wroten few of which were complimentary, they decided to ship the 25th overall pick of the 2012 draft to Philadelphia for a future second-round pick.

That’s a very small return after one year for a first-round pick a team was considering making the point guard of the future. It speaks volumes about how Memphis viewed Wroten.

Here’s part of what ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton had to say on the trade:

“The second-round pick the Grizzlies got from Philadelphia is protected in the top 50, making it clear that this deal was simply about giving up on Wroten and opening up a roster spot from their perspective. While the GM that drafted Wroten (Chris Wallace) is still in Memphis, the new executives that joined the front office last season had no ties to the pick.”

In Philadelphia, Wroten will play with former Husky Spencer Hawes.


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  1. This wasn’t a trade – it was a dump. According to a Sports Illustrated article, the Grizzlies could receive a future second-round pick but likely won’t ever cash it in. The article went on to say that “Wroten is a quick, explosive lefty combo guard who enjoys making spectacular passes (and needlessly turning routine passes into spectacular passes). He entered the NBA facing serious questions about his shooting range and ability to limit turnovers, and he’s yet to answer either question. He shot just 38.4 percent overall during the regular season and 25.3 percent during the summer league. His numbers from three-point range are even more unsightly.”

  2. Wroten, at this point, is an asset for a team like Philly that’s looking to go into the tank to position themselves for the strong 2014 draft class.

    Everybody knows he needs to learn how to shoot and make better decisions. I’m sure Wroten knows this too. I hope he figures it out and we have another Romar player with a long NBA career.

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