On Saturday night the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks agreed in principle on a trade that would send point guard Michael Carter-Williams to Chicago in exchange for swingman Tony Snell. The Bulls have been looking to solidify their backup point guard position after the departure of E’Twaun Moore this past summer. With the acquisition of the former rookie of the year, Chicago is hoping that MCW can recapture some form of the player that burst onto the NBA scene as a rookie in 2013. At 6-6 with career averages of 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.1 assist, Carter-Williams adds a versatile player who can contribute on both ends of the court. His height and wingspan allow him to guard both wing positions effectively on defense, and on offense allows him to get into the paint.
While there are plenty of things to like about the trade, this is the second time that MCW has been traded in his short career. He was traded from the Sixers to the Bucks in the beginning of his second season for draft picks and Brandon Knight. The experiment in Milwaukee lasted almost two seasons, but the Bucks decided that MCW was expendable. There are those who believe that because he is a below average perimeter shooter, Michael Carter-Williams does not fit the profile of a starting point guard in today’s game. With an emphasis on floor spacing and the high volume of three-point shots being taken every night, his game doesn’t lend itself to be real effective in that type of style of play. Even with his deficiencies on the perimeter in regards to offense, MCW still offers a lot of upside because of his size and versatility that he could add to the Bulls.