Charles Barkley says the Sixers should take Joel Embiid and shouldn't trade Michael Carter-Williams.

Barkley appeared on Philly Sports Talk on Monday and addressed a variety of topics, from the NBA draft to why he thought he stayed with the Sixers for too long:

Take Embiid
"[If I were the Sixers], I would take Joel Embiid. He's not going to play next year now. He's not going to play. He's not going to make a lot of money on his rookie contract, so you get like a three or four year window to see if he's going to get healthy. And if he doesn't pan out, you're not losing anything. But also, you're still going to get a really good player at No. 10. And your team is going to be better, and then you'll probably get another lottery pick next year.

"He's the best player in the draft. He's not going to cost you that much money."

Keep MCW
"Michael Carter-Williams is Michael Jackson playing with a bunch of Tito Jacksons. You got to give him a chance, get him some help."

The Brad Daugherty trade
"I didn't realize the Sixers were a bonehead organization. We had the No. 1 pick in the [1986] draft, and they traded Brad Daugherty. I'll never forget that. I was excited to play with Brad Daugherty, and I still had Moses (Malone), who was my mentor -- I thought we would have been an instant contender in the Eastern Conference. But they traded the [No. 1] pick and ended up getting Roy Hinson, who was a solid player, and they traded Moses, so I got really screwed in that deal -- I lost a center who was still playing well, I thought I was going to get a young guy who Moses could mentor like he did me and we would be a contender for the next 10 years, but the Sixers were just stupid.

 

"Our team went downhill after that. That was unfortunate because I wanted to win here in Philadelphia."

Too long in Philly?
"The biggest mistake I probably made in my career: I should have got out of Philadelphia two years sooner because I went through three years where it was just brutal hearing about the rumors all the time. I was wasting my talent here because we didn't have a good team."

Future general manager?
"When I'm a general manager, which is my next goal. When I'm a general manager, my obligations [are] to my fans. When I've been paying a guy 20 million dollars a year, that's loyalty. I'm paying a guy 10, 15, 20 million dollars, that's loyalty. But I don't think I have to pay him until the day he die."