Carter-Williams has been sidelined since May after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. The timeline Goodman reports would have Carter-Williams returning in Philadelphia's eighth game.
Goodman adds that the team could hold Carter-Williams back longer "since general manager Sam Hinkie has shown little desire to win games this season" in an effort to secure a high draft pick.
Carter-Williams, 23, averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game as a rookie in 2013-14. Grantland's Zach Lowe reported earlier this month that the Sixers "tried hard" to trade Carter-Williams in an attempt to stockpile more draft picks.
The 76ers begin the 2014-15 regular season against the Pacers on Oct. 29.
- Brad Rowland