The Sixers have exercised 2015-16 team options for Michael Carter-Williams, Tony Wroten, and Nerlens Noel, a source with knowledge of the situation has told LibertyBallers.
As is standard for rookie scale contracts, the third and fourth year on the contracts are team options, where the team has until the preceeding October 31st to exercise the options.
For Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, the 2015-16 options are for their 3rd season, and it will pay them roughly $2.4 million and $3.4 million, respectively, as slotted by the NBA's rookie scale. For Tony Wroten, the 2015-16 option year that has been picked up will be for his 4th season in the league, paying him just under $2.2 million.
It was all but a foregone conclusion that the team would exercise the 2015-16 option for all three.
The team would have had similar decisions to make with Marquis Teague and Arnett Moultrie, but they waived Teague and traded Moultrie to the New York Knicks earlier in the week.
Carter-Williams, the reigning rookie of the year, is working his way back from surgery to repair a torn labrum of his right shoulder. He is expected to begin participating in full practices on November 6th, and the team has reportedly set a projected return date of November 13th. Tony Wroten has been starting at point guard in his place.
Nerlens Noel, the 6th pick in the 2013 NBA draft, missed his entire first season as he worked his way back from a torn ACL he suffered at Kentucky. The injury was one of the primary reasons the projected top prospect fell on draft night, an opportunity new General Manager Sam Hinkie seized by trading Jrue Holiday in a trade to acquire the 6th pick from the New Orleans Pelicans, which he used to draft Noel.
Noel made his NBA debut on Wednesday, where he scored 6 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots in over 34 minutes of play, as the Sixers fell to the Indiana Pacers 103-91 in their season opener.