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Sources: Bulls on verge of acquiring Carter-Williams for Tony Snell

Sources: Bulls on verge of acquiring Carter-Williams for Tony Snell

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.

It was first reported by Zach Lowe and Marc Stein of ESPN.com Saturday evening and ironically, the Bulls were in Milwaukee for a game against the Bucks, where the Bulls won 107-86.

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.

Zach LaVine’s parents surprised him with an amazing gift this offseason

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Zach LaVine’s parents surprised him with an amazing gift this offseason

Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine has had a great and busy offseason. He had some grueling workouts with his father, supported his teammates during NBA Summer League and even took some batting practice with former NL MVP Kris Bryant. But the best part of LaVine’s busy offseason was a very, very cool gift from his parents. 

LaVine’s mom and dad gifted him a 1968 Pontiac LeMans, a rare and very collectible vehicle.

Bulls fans were first exposed to LaVine’s love of classic cars last season when he discussed his infatuation with the stable of classic vehicles owned by Jabari Parker

With his ‘68 Pontiac LeMans now in tow, LaVine is well on his way to amassing his own impressive collection. He has a reputation in league circles for being an extremely hard worker already but there is no doubt that this awesome gift from his parents will serve as a little extra motivation as the 2019-20 season nears. 

Bulls Talk Podcast: Bulls Summer League recap with Ricky O’Donnell

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Bulls Summer League recap with Ricky O’Donnell

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski and Kevin Anderson are joined by SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell

0:50        Ricky on his Top 11 players from NBA Summer League story and why Coby White was 11th

2:45        Realistic expectations for White next season

3:40        Will Kris Dunn be on opening night roster?

4:55        Mark disagrees with Ricky on where White will be in the rotation

7:10        On Chandler Hutchison and his role

9:50        Could LaVine see minutes at the small forward spot?

11:00     On Daniel Gafford and his summer league performance

15:20     On Bulls 2019-20 win total over/under at 30.5

16:55     Which team in the East can the Bulls overtake and make the playoffs?

22:00     Going over the western conference and which teams have realistic championship potential

                Editor’s note: Kevin stated he thinks Portland has the best healthy backcourt in the NBA right now completely forgetting about Russ and Harden. He regrets the error.

29:30     The short list of contenders in the East

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: