Former Sixer Tony Wroten was trapped in purgatory for the past few months after being cut by the Sixers on Christmas Eve, but the national nightmare is over. Wroten will be signing with the New York Knicks, according to Yahoo's Shams Charania.
Free agent Tony Wroten and the New York Knicks are finalizing a three-year contract, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 7, 2016
Bleacher Report's Howard Beck added some additional clarity on the specifics:
A note on Knicks' Tony Wroten signing, for those curious: I'm told there are "minimal" guarantees in Years 2 and 3. Low-risk play for NY.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) March 7, 2016
Also, hearing it's very unlikely that Wroten plays this season. Health was a serious question when he came back in Philly in December.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) March 7, 2016
The latter information is pretty surprising. It was no secret Wroten was going to be working through the usual post-injury process, but having already returned to the court for Philadelphia this season, another extended layoff seems superfluous. It would certainly help explain Wroten's struggles this season if in fact he wasn't totally prepared to make a comeback.
Wroten was one of the prototypical Sam Hinkie projects brought in by the team over the last several seasons; young and bursting with athletic talent, the Sixers hoped they could capitalize on his gifts while working to refine his game. Ultimately the journey ended unsuccessfully, but Wroten's frenetic, floor-slapping style endeared him to a loyal legion of diehards.
Alas, the last remnants of #TeamWHOP have been scattered around the basketball world. May their achievements echo forever.