The Bulls are on the verge of trading former first-round pick Tony Snell to the Milwaukee Bucks for former rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams, league sources tell CSNChicago.com.
Snell is out with a left ankle injury that should have him back in action next week, but the injury isn’t stopping the Bulls from pulling the trigger on a deal that could be finalized Monday.
Carter-Williams won Rookie of the Year in the 2013-14 season with the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to Milwaukee the next season. He battled knee and hip injuries last season that limited him to 54 games, averaging 11.5 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds, and with the Bucks moving toward giving ball-handling duties to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Carter-Williams’ days appeared to be numbered in Milwaukee.
For the Bulls, Carter-Williams will likely back up Rajon Rondo at point guard, and also be a perimeter defender with his 6-foot-6 frame. The latter could possibly be his greatest value, as he could pair with first-round draft pick Denzel Valentine for length in the second unit.
Not the greatest of shooters (27 percent from 3 last year), Carter-Williams has shown the ability to post-up smaller guards and has good court vision out of double teams.
As for Snell, it signifies the Bulls throwing in the towel on their first round pick in 2013, as Snell struggled to find his place with the Bulls last season, posting a career low from the field at 37 percent. Ideally, he’s supposed to be a perimeter defender the Bulls can count on — one to take some pressure off Jimmy Butler, but his defensive rating of 109 points given up per 100 possessions showed he wasn’t up to the task last season.
Add to it him not being the most aggressive offensively, he didn’t fit in Fred Hoiberg’s system the way he did with Tom Thibodeau. With Isaiah Canaan and Spencer Dinwiddie earning more time with Hoiberg this preseason, it was unlikely Snell will be given a true opportunity to redeem himself as he approaches restricted free agency after this season.