Chicago Bulls finalizing deal to send Snell to Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Carter-Williams
Less than an hour after the Bulls and Bucks faced off in a preseason game Saturday night, ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Mark Stein reported that the two teams have agreed on trading Tony Snell for Michael Carter-Williams. The Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson confirmed the report soon afterward.
The trade isn’t official yet, but Johnson reported it should be finalized Monday and that Snell is aware of the change:
Snell-for-Carter-Williams agreed to in principle. Snell told of trade. Teams just need call w/ league office on MON, physicals to complete.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 16, 2016
Snell played in the Bulls’ first three preseason games with his last appearance coming in their home game against the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 8. He averaged 9.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 37.5 percent on 3-pointers.
He joined the Bulls in 2013 when they drafted him with the 20th overall pick in the NBA draft. Since then, Snell has struggled to find a spot in the Bulls’ rotation and never quite lived up to his potential, but the change in scenery could help rejuvenate his career. Throughout Snell’s three seasons in Chicago, he averaged 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.9 assist while shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 35.1 percent on 3-pointers.
Carter-Williams is a 6-foot-6 point guard who was the 2014 Rookie of the Year. He came to Milwaukee in February 2015 when the Philadelphia 76ers traded him. In those one and a half seasons with the Bucks, the defensive-minded guard averaged 12.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting 44.4 percent from the field. He only shot 22.9 percent on threes, though, so he won’t be helping the Bulls in the much-needed area of long-range shooting.
The addition of Carter-Williams really crowds the Bulls’ backcourt, too. He’ll be joining Rajon Rondo, Jerian Grant, Isaiah Canaan and Spencer Dinwiddie as another player capable of running the point. That doesn’t even include rookie Denzel Valentine who is also known for his playmaking abilities.
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