A league source has confirmed to Liberty Ballers that the the Philadelphia 76ers are fielding trade inquiries about point guard Tony Wroten. Dan Woike of the Orange County Register was first to report the trade chatter regarding Wroten, which Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia's John Gonzalez confirmed shortly after.
As Gonzalez clarified, the Los Angeles Clippers were the ones to approach the Sixers about Wroten Wednesday afternoon, following the teams' agreement to a small deal which essentially swapped Jared Cunningham for a future second round pick. Western Conference teams will certainly be testing the waters for low-cost scoring upgrades following Oklahoma City's trade for Dion Waiters earlier this week. Also of note, former Sixers Director of Player Personnel Courtney Witte now works for Los Angeles.
Currently amidst his third NBA season and second with the Sixers, Wroten is averaging 17.4 points, 5.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. He has already started 15 contests, after starting only 16 all of last year, in the wake of Michael Carter-Williams' recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.
While Wroten has indeed blossomed in Brett Brown's up-tempo system, there's still plenty of reason to understand why the Sixers might not see Wroten lasting in Philadelphia longterm. The former Washington Husky is averaging 4.1 turnovers a night while shooting just 41.8 percent from the field.
The league source told Liberty Ballers that Philadelphia is prepared to part ways with Wroten for the right price and has already contacted "a mix" of point guards in the NBA D-League as potential replacements. But by no means are the Sixers actively pursuing a deal to send Wroten out of town. Talks regarding Wroten with several teams are still in very preliminary stages.
Following a potential Wroten departure, the Sixers would likely look towards Austin Toros point guard Bryce Cotton out of Providence, who the team worked out prior to last summer's draft, and Maine Red Claws point guard Tim Frazier out of Penn State, who played for the Sixers in this past Orlando Pro Summer League.