The Milwaukee Bucks have swung another preseason trade. According to ESPN, the Bucks are sending point guard Michael Carter-Williams to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for small forward Tony Snell. The trade marks the second one for the Bucks, who acquired Michael Beasley from the Houston Rockets earlier this preseason.
Carter-Williams, 25, is now on to his third franchise as he enters his fourth season in the NBA. The former 11th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Syracuse won Rookie of the Year honors with the Philadelphia 76ers and spent a season and a half with the team before being dealt to Milwaukee.
After a fast start with Milwaukee, he fell out of favor, and ended up being passed up for Jerryd Bayless and now Giannis Antetokounmpo. Last season, Carter-Williams averaged 11.5 points, 5.2 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Snell, 24, was the 20th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft out of New Mexico. Snell has spent his entire career with the Chicago Bulls, but has played light a role, playing behind players like Nikola Mirotic, Jimmy Butler and others. Snell averaged 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game last season.
Snell now joins Beasley as replacements for the production lost from the Khris Middleton injury. Snell is eligible for an extension and the Bucks seem poised to discuss terms with him before the season begins.
The Bucks have now found their replacements for Khris Middleton, while opening up minutes at the point guard position for new acquisition Matthew Dellavedova, but also for Antetokounmpo.
On the other hand, the Bulls now add another young point guard, joining Jerian Grant and Spencer Dinwiddie to back up Rajon Rondo. With the size of Carter-Williams, expect him to see time at the two in smaller lineups.