The Chicago Bulls are reportedly finalizing a trade deal which would send Tony Snell to the Milwaukee Bucks. The former will receive Michael Carter-Williams in the process.
League sources say both teams are in “deep talks” on the potential player-for-player swap. It should be noted that Snell and Carter-Williams are playing on the last guaranteed year of their contracts.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune confirmed the trade discussion between the Bulls and the Bucks. He said the final verdict will be out as early as Monday, October 17.
The trade would make sense for both teams. Snell and Carter-Williams would address roster issues for their new ball clubs.
Matt Moore of CBS Sports noted that Carter-Williams would be a decent second-string point guard behind Rajon Rondo. He is a below-average three-point shooter, but his 6-foot-6 frame would terrorize opposing point guards from the post. He is also a great defender and rebounder for his position.
Carter-Williams lost significant minutes to Giannis Antetokounmpo last season. The Bucks won an unprecedented number of games when Kidd plugged the 6-foot-11 “Greak Freak” at the starting point guard spot.
As the team’s main playmaker, Antetokounmpo averaged 19.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.5 steals per contest. His improved play turned Carter-Williams into an expendable asset.
In Milwaukee, Snell would fill the void left my Khris Middleton. Last month, the Bucks shooting guard was ruled out for six months after injuring his left hamstring during preseason workouts.
Snell would provide extra firepower of the bench. Bucks head coach Jason Kidd might want to start Matthew Dellavedova at the shooting guard position.
Snell played just 18.5 minutes per game last season. Despite his limited minutes, the 6-foot-7 wingman averaged 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1 assist a night. He shot 37.2 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from behind the arc, Basketball Reference reported.