Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sixers acquire Wroten

The 76ers acquired Tony Wroten from the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday for a protected future second-round pick, a league source confirmed.

Sixers acquire Wroten

The Sixers have reportedly acquired Grizzlies guard Tony Wroten (right). (Danny Johnston/AP file photo)
The Sixers have reportedly acquired Grizzlies guard Tony Wroten (right). (Danny Johnston/AP file photo)

The remaking of the 76ers continues.

The team has acquired Tony Wroten from the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday for a protected second-round pick, a league source confirmed.

This pick is based on where the Sixers, who are expected to struggle, finish in the standings. As a result, they basically surrendered nothing for Wroten, a 2012 first-round selection.

“Just want to say thank you to ALL the Memphis Grizzlies fans, coaches, etc.,” Wroten tweeted Thursday. “I love the city of Memphis. Will always have love for you guys. GnG.”

The 6-foot-5 point guard later tweeted ‘Where the homie @MeekMill at? LOL” before tweeting “Philly Philly Philly. City Of Brotherly Love. #215.” Robert Williams, better known as Meek Mill, is a rap artist from Philadelphia.

The source said this move was about acquiring Wroten’s 1.1 million salary. Including his pay, the Sixers have around $41.2 million of salary guaranteed to 10 players for the upcoming season. NBA teams must have a minium payroll of $52.811 million.

The Grizzlies needed to make this trade to shed salary and open up a roster spot. 

Wroten averaged just 2.6 points and 1.2 assists and 7.7 minutes last season while playing in 35 games.

The 20-year-old  scored a career-high 11 points as a Grizzly in a victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 25. Wroten also finished with four rebounds, two assists in 23 minutes during that game.

The Grizzlies took him with 25th overall pick after he averaged 16.7 points, five rebounds and 3.6 assists in his lone season at the University of Washington. The Renton, Wash. native was named the PAC-12 Freshman of the Year and garnered all-conference honors.

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