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Michael Carter-Williams expects to make Bucks debut Wednesday vs. Sixers


Michael Carter-Williams took home Rookie of the Year honors a season ago, but the Sixers decided he wasn’t in their long-term plans before he could finish his second year with the franchise.

Philadelphia traded Carter-Williams to Milwaukee, as part of the three-team deal that sent Brandon Knight to Phoenix. The Suns gave up the first round draft pick owed to them by the Lakers, which is top-five protected this season but will end up being utilized by the Sixers eventually.

The temptation of the high lottery pick (and its rare availability) is what ultimately caused Philadelphia to pull the trigger on dealing Carter-Williams, and it was reportedly what the team was seeking in exchange for its award-winning point guard in advance of the draft last summer.

It will be several seasons before we know if the Sixers made the right decision, but Carter-Williams will have his first chance to prove his former team wrong when he faces them in his Bucks debut on Wednesday.

From Charles F. Gardener of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Newly acquired Milwaukee Bucks point guard Michael Carter-Williams said he plans to make his debut on Wednesday night against his former Philadelphia 76ers team. …

After the game Carter-Williams, who has been out with a sprained right big toe since joining the Bucks in a three-team deal at Thursday’s trade deadline, said his inactivity was about to end.

“I’ll be playing next game,” Carter-Williams said. “I don’t know how many minutes I’ll be playing.”

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This isn’t exactly an Isaiah Thomas versus the Suns situation; Carter-Williams is young and needs time to develop, and the Sixers simply decided to go in a different direction rather than continue to keep him around. But it does add an interesting wrinkle to his first game with his new team nonetheless.

Report: Sixers willing to talk about anyone on roster, including Joel Embiid, in trade for more No. 1 picks

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The Sixers have been much maligned for their choice to go through an extended rebuilding process, one which has involved multiple seasons of bottoming out in order to gain the best chance of landing the highest draft picks possible.

Even the players ultimately chosen with some of those picks aren’t safe; we just saw the reigning Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams dealt at the trade deadline, along with a surprisingly talented rookie in K.J. McDaniels whom the Sixers were fortunate enough to land with a pick in the second round.

Sam Hinkie explained his reasoning for making those trades, and the rare availability of a high lottery pick was his motivation to deal Carter-Williams, while the ability to get what he believed to be an upgrade in Isaiah Canaan (along with another second round pick) was enough to send McDaniels out of town.

From the outside looking in, it may appear as though Philadelphia isn’t all that committed to any of its prospects on the roster. And a recent report that Joel Embiid may have been available for more high lottery picks only adds more fuel to that somewhat speculative fire.

From Mark Heisler of Forbes.com:

In an unnoticed development at last week’s trade deadline, the 76ers were still trying to trade up for a top pick in this draft, indicating a willingness to talk about Joel Embiid or any player on their team, an NBA source told Forbes.com.

Yes, that’s the Joel Embiid they drafted No. 3 overall last spring, after compiling the worst record and seeing the Cavaliers and Bucks jump ahead of them in the lottery.

The headline of the story screams “76ers Just Offered Anyone On Their Team For More No.1 Picks,” but that obviously doesn’t match the report, which is far less sensational.

A “willingness to talk” is not the same as offering up players in trade. Of course Hinkie is willing to talk about trading anyone on his team; that’s essentially a big part of his job. If someone really wanted Embiid and came calling with some insane offer of multiple No.1 picks, he’d be a fool to shut those conversations down.

Sixers’ Isaiah Canaan hits ridiculous buzzer beater (VIDEO)

Isaiah Canaan, Dwyane Wade

Maybe Isaiah Canaan should take all his shots like it was a game of hot potato.

That is the definition of bailing your team out on a broken play. It was near the end of the third quarter and Luc Mbah a Moute drove the lane, the ball got kicked out to the opposite corner but the Sixers never had control of it. The ball got volley balled to Canaan and…

That will be on highlight reels the rest of the season.

The shot tied the game at the half (of what was not a defensive struggle), but the Heat owned the third quarter and cruised on to the win.