Sixers acquire guard Wroten from Grizzlies

Guard Tony Wroten, a 2012 first-round selection, averaged just 2.6 points last season while playing 35 games with the Memphis Grizzlies. DANNY JOHNSTON / Associated Press
Guard Tony Wroten, a 2012 first-round selection, averaged just 2.6 points last season while playing 35 games with the Memphis Grizzlies. DANNY JOHNSTON / Associated Press
Posted: August 24, 2013

The remaking of the 76ers continues.

The team on Thursday acquired Tony Wroten from the Memphis Grizzlies for a protected second-round pick.

The pick is based on where the Sixers, who are expected to struggle, finish in the NBA 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-6 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.

A league source said the 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 season. NBA teams must have a minimum payroll of $52.811 million.

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

Wroten, whose cousin is Nate Robinson of the Denver Nuggets, averaged just 2.6 points and 1.2 assists in 7.7 minutes last season while playing in 35 games. He also appeared in 11 games with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League.

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 and two assists in 23 minutes during that game.

The Grizzlies took him with the 25th overall pick after he averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 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 earned all-conference honors.


Contact Keith Pompey at kpompey@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers.

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