ESPN The Milwaukee Bucks have traded guard Michael Carter-Williams to the Chicago Bulls for swingman Tony Snell. The teams both announced the trade Monday, two days after reportedly agreeing to the deal. “We’re excited to add Michael to our roster,” Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in a statement. “He is a two-way player who adds versatility and depth to our backcourt rotation.” A source close to Carter-Williams told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that the guard was informed he was being traded to Chicago late Saturday night. Sources said the Bucks, who have been openly looking for more shooting and defense on the perimeter in the wake of a long-term injury suffered by starter Khris Middleton just days before training camp, targeted Snell to give them some much-needed help on the wing. It marks the second trade Milwaukee has swung since losing Middleton, following the Bucks’ acquisition of Michael Beasley from the Houston Rockets in September.
When Milwaukee Bucks star shooting guard Khris Middleton was underwent hamstring surgery, and the team announced that he could miss a significant portion of the season, the team started scrambling to replace their best shooter and floor spreader on offense. The Bucks have since traded toung point guard Tyler Enis for veteran forward Michael Beasley in order to land another scorer, and today the team further depleted their point guard depth chart, when they traded former rookie of the year Michael Carter Williams to the Chicago Bulls for swingman Tony Snell. A three-and-D type player who is a good defender and can space the floor a bit, Tony Snell joins a front court full of non-shooters Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greg Monroe, John Henson, Jabari Parker, Miles Plumlee, Michael Beasley and rookie Thon Maker, so Snell will have to deliver as a shooter for the Bucks to successfully space the floor offensively. Michael Carter Williams was the 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year, but he now joins his third team in three seasons, where he will be an odd fit in a Bulls backcourt which already includes Rajon Rondo, Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler (plus promising young point guard Jerian Grant and promising young shooting guard Denzel Valentine). I have said this before, but you can expect that Jimmy Butler will log significant minutes at the three this season, a position that he has been annoyed with playing full time in the past.