Sixers point guard and the new NBA Rookie of the Year, Michael Carter-Williams, has heard the rumors and he doesn’t think much of them.
That’s what Carter-Williams said when he talked to the WIP morning show as well as Sixers beat writer for the Burlington County Times, Tom Moore. In town to make some appearances, Carter-Williams was asked about the possibility of the Sixers trading him in an elaborate draft-day deal.
He wasn’t biting.
“I didn’t even pay any attention to it,” Carter-Williams told the WIP morning show on Wednesday. “I have a great relationship with the coaches and the GM here, you know, I’m pretty confident that I’m not going anywhere for a little while. So, yeah, I heard it and I didn’t really pay any attention to it.”
Though Carter-Williams hasn’t paid attention to the trade talk, he said he will pay close attention to the actual draft. Considering Carter-Williams played against some of the top prospects, he has a unique perspective.
“I follow it pretty close,” Carter-Williams told WIP. “I am interested to see who we’re going to get. To be honest with you, I have no clue as of right now, but I am interested to who comes to work out with us and how they do. I don’t think I have a preference. Any of the guys will be great, the three of them (Wiggins, Parker, and Embiid) are all great players.”
In addition to collecting his Rookie of the Year award, Carter-Williams had surgery to repair the labrum in his shoulder. Recovery time from labrum surgery is typically two-to-five months, which all but rules out Carter-Williams for the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues in July.
He hasn’t completely ruled out summer league, though.
“I'm just going along based on how I feel, really,” Carter-Williams told Moore.