Per usual, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is out front Thursday with the news of Tony Wroten being dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Y! Sources: Memphis trades guard Tony Wroten to Philadelphia. http://t.co/EZnsP2ORW8— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 22, 2013
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.
“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.