The Philadelphia 76ers are making moves and trading draft picks, even if they’re just second-rounders and the player is Ish Smith.
The team has officially traded two second-round picks to the New Orleans Pelicans to bring back Smith, who averaged 12 points per game in 25 games with Philadelphia last season.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 24, 2015
To make room for Smith, the team released Tony Wroten.
In 27 games and three starts this season with the Pelicans, Smith averaged 8.9 points and 5.7 assists per game. He’ll give the Sixers some experience with six years of NBA experience under his belt.
Wroten is coming off a torn ACL and averaging 8.4 points per game on 33 percent shooting. In 30 games last year, he put up 16.9 points a game.
The move gives the 76ers a point guard rotation of Smith, T.J. McConnell and Kendall Marshall. Philadelphia is 1-30 on the year.
Smith began falling out of the rotation in New Orleans once Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole returned from injuries. The trade gives the Pelicans future assets as they continue searching for a way to build a winning product around Anthony Davis.
This is the first trade for Philadelphia since Jerry Colangelo was named chairman of basketball operations.