NBA Rumor: Tony Wroten Free Agency

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Tony Wroten: First I’d like to give a big thanks to the Philadelphia organization for giving me the opportunity to prove that I was good enough to play and have success in this league. Thanks coach Brown for being so patient with me and helping me develop. 2nd I want to thank the NY Knicks organization and Mr phil Jackson for giving me another opportunity to play this game again at the highest level and in a city that loves basketball more than any other city. Those who know me know playing in the garden is a dream come true. Being able to play in this league is such prestigious privilege that I once took for granted. NEVER AGAIN. #TheMecca #5

Tony Wroten: First I’d like to give a big thanks to the Philadelphia organization for giving me the opportunity to prove that I was good enough to play and have success in this league. Thanks coach Brown for being so patient with me and helping me develop. 2nd I want to thank the NY Knicks organization and Mr phil Jackson for giving me another opportunity to play this game again at the highest level and in a city that loves basketball more than any other city. Those who know me know playing in the garden is a dream come true. Being able to play in this league is such prestigious privilege that I once took for granted. NEVER AGAIN. #TheMecca #5

The Knicks are planning to bring on former 76ers point guard Tony Wroten as an audition for at least the remainder of the season, even if he would see minimal if any playing time. Though the Knicks are negotiating a two-year deal at the NBA minimum, there’s no assurance he’ll be on the roster next season as they determine if he’ll be a good point guard fit in their triangle offense. The second year is not expected to be guaranteed, making him a very low risk. And according to a source, Wroten, who’s coming off a partially torn ACL from last season, is no guarantee to see any game action as the club wants him to strengthen the leg.

The plan is to develop Wroten, who turns 23 in April and was released by the Sixers in January, and perhaps bring him to the summer league. Wroten didn’t make the trip to Denver and is not expected to join the Knicks on their five-game road trip this week. The Knicks had been hesitant about giving him a 10-day contract prior, feeling he wouldn’t make the rotation as they strove to make a playoff push. But now the philosophy is more on development. If Wroten gets acclimated in time, that could mean the Knicks go away from using Jose Calderon next season if he’s still on the roster. He has one year left on his contract but could be waived in a stretch provision after the year.

No extension for Tony Wroten?

All signs point to the Sixers not offering Wroten a rookie-deal extension prior to Monday’s early deadline. As a result, it appears the 22-year-old will become an restricted free agent in the summer. He would, however, become unrestricted if the Sixers don’t extend the $3.2 million qualifying offer by June 30 he’s in line to make. It’s common for NBA teams to not offer early rookie-deal extensions. Of the 30 first-rounders in the 2012 draft class, Wroten is one of 17 that have yet to receive extensions.
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