The Philadelphia 76ers need rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams back, in a big way. Fortunately, MCW may return as early as tomorrow. And if not, it should be soon. Here’s the Philadelphia Daily News reporting:
There could be some good news coming for coach Brett Brown and his 76ers, and they sure could use it. Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who has missed seven games with a knee infection, practiced yesterday and might be available tomorrow night when they host the Brooklyn Nets, a team that drilled them by 36 points Monday, the Sixers’ seventh consecutive loss.
“It went pretty well,” Carter-Williams said about yesterday’s practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I practiced pretty much throughout the whole thing. I was out there and my wind wasn’t too bad and my knee was feeling good.”
Asked whether he thought he could play tomorrow, MCW said: “I hope so. I hope I get to go out and play. I’m not 100 percent sure yet.”
It can’t be overstated how much his presence would be welcomed. Though backup Tony Wroten has done more than an admirable job of filling in for Carter-Williams, the rookie’s absence has disrupted Brown’s rotation.
The Houston Rockets are expected to trade Omer Asik soon. Here’s ESPN.com reporting some possibilities:
The day has arrived for the Houston Rockets to live up to their vow to trade disgruntled center Omer Asik.
The Rockets have been telling teams for two weeks that they will trade Asik by Thursday, and according to sources close to the process, they gradually continued to move in that direction Wednesday.
ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the Boston Celtics had emerged as the strongest rivals to the Philadelphia 76ers in terms of Asik’s likely destination. Entering the final hours before the Rockets’ self-imposed deadline, sources said Houston officials spent much of Wednesday weighing the merits of Boston’s offer of forward Brandon Bass, guard Courtney Lee and a future first-round draft pick for the 7-footer from Turkey while also remaining engaged in talks with Philadelphia and leaving open the possibility that other teams could still join the bidding.
The Rockets, sources said, have been interested in prying veteran center Spencer Hawes away from the Sixers along with a future first-round pick, but they won’t know until Thursday whether Philadelphia is prepared to part with that much for Asik or whether Boston’s offer is the best available.