Report: Bulls trade for Michael Carter-Williams expected to be finalized Monday
Michael Carter-Williams’ move across the Central Division is nearly complete.
Marc Stein and Zach Lowe of ESPN first reported on Saturday that the Chicago Bulls were deep in talks to acquire Carter-Williams from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Tony Snell. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune added on Sunday that the deal has been agreed to in principle and is expected to be finalized on Monday once the league office has been called and physicals have been completed.
Snell-for-Carter-Williams agreed to in principle. Snell told of trade. Teams just need call w/ league office on MON, physicals to complete.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 16, 2016
Carter-Williams, the former Rookie of the Year, averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game for the Bucks in 2015-16. But he was relegated to the second unit early in the year and suffered a torn labrum in his left hip in March that put him out for the remainder of the season.
A 25.5 percent shooter from deep in his three-year NBA career, Carter-Williams will only make Chicago’s massive floor-spacing problem even worse. But as a lengthy athlete who can get into the lane with ease, especially for the price of a guy like Snell, who had found himself completely marginalized in head coach Fred Hoiberg’s rotation, Carter-Williams should still make for a decent first guard off the bench for the Bulls this coming season.