The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly called the Sacramento Kings to offer Michael Carter-Williams for Ben McLemore. The potential trade would benefit both teams. The question now is will it actually happen?
The financial aspect of the deal would work. Carter-Williams and McLemore are on the final guaranteed year of their contracts. Additionally, their paychecks aren’t too far off.
ESPN reported that Bucks want to fill the hole left by recently injured wingman Khris Middleton. The team has been scouring the trade market for a worthy alternative. McLemore has been viewed as the most realistic option.
Rumor has it that the Kings are actively shopping the high-leaping shooting guard in the hopes of getting another floor general. It should be noted that Darren Collision is the only point guard on the team with a guaranteed contract.
According to A Royal Pain, the Kings could use Carter-Williams’ playmaking and defensive skills. Meanwhile, the Bucks will be better off with McLemore’s higher field goal percentage. The Kings need playmakers who can feed the ball to DeMarcus Cousins. The Bucks need shooters who can space the floor for Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Carter-Williams and McLemore will come off the books in 2017. They will likely be one-year rentals for the team that trades for them this upcoming season.
In Milwaukee, Carter-Williams and Antetokounmpo are poised for a lucrative pay increase next summer. Jabari Parker, who is also on his rookie contract, will follow suit in 2018.
Sporting News argued that the Bucks may prefer keeping Antetokounmpo and Parker for the long haul. That’s because the team is still not sold on Carter-Williams’ game. Earlier this year, the Bucks wanted to land a reliable combo guard in free agency rather than using the money to re-sign Carter-Williams in 2017.