With Tony Wroten out for the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair the ACL in his right knee last Tuesday, the Sixers are in need of some depth at point guard. There is still a lot of NBA season left and Michael Carter-Williams can’t be expected to carry the entire load.
So it came as a surprise today when it was learned that the Sixers opted to sign 24-year old guard Tim Frazier to a 10-day contract and part ways with Larry Drew II, whose second 10-day contract ended on Wednesday.
It appeared that everyone was pretty pleased with how Drew was playing and what he was bringing to the team. In the 12 games he played in, he averaged 3.8 points, 3.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds and seemed to have a pretty good grasp of the Sixers offense and how to run it. When speaking about Drew to Dei Lynam of CSN Philly, coach Brett Brown said
“I think he has been an A-plus. He has done everything we have asked of him. When you come into an environment late, how are you going to fit in with the group? His welcoming card, the thing that triggered the team embracing him, is he passes the ball. Young guys run for him. Big guys post for him.”
In order to keep Drew, the Sixers would have had to sign him for the remainder of the season, which didn’t seem to be an issue. However, instead today the team announced they had signed Frazier to a 10-day contract.
Coming out of Penn State, Frazier went undrafted in 2014 and played for the Sixers Las Vegas summer league team. Eventually he ended up playing for the Maine Red Claws, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics. There he has averaged 15.9 points, 8.9 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game and was named to the D-League All-Star team.
Considering the groove the Sixers are currently in, playing tough and even winning the occasional game, you have to wonder what Sam Hinkie‘s rationale is behind this decision. Drew seemed to be a good fit with the team and he had some obvious potential. Could Hinkie be trying to shake things up, get Tank 2.0 back on track? Or is this simply a case of using the opportunity of Wroten’s injury as a way to look at other point guard options that are available?
Either way, here’s hoping that Drew lands with another team and has a real shot to make it in the NBA. He has talent and it would be a crime if he didn’t get to use it somewhere. And as for Frazier, it looks like he will see his first NBA action in a Sixers uniform on Friday against the Boston Celtics.