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Report: Bucks told Michael Carter-Williams he wouldn’t be traded

Michael Carter-Williams

Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams, foreground, dives for the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)


The Bucks are reportedly willing to trade Michael Carter-Williams.

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

they remain unconvinced that Michael Carter-Williams, coming off the bench again, is the long-term answer, league sources say.

From there, it gets less clear.

Gery Woelfel of

A source said Carter-Williams has been told he could possibly be dealt and, after the Wizards game, he hardly looked like a happy camper.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s possible someone is relaying inaccurate information, but it’s possible – maybe even more likely – all three accounts are correct. This seems feasible:

The Bucks – unconvinced Carter-Williams is a long-term solution at point guard – warned him before the All-Star break he could be traded during it, surveyed the market, found no suitable deals and then told him he wouldn’t be traded.

Carter-Williams’ poor outside shooting is a drawback anywhere, but it’s particularly tough with the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo struggles on 3-pointers, and Jabari Parker and Greg Monroe are non-factors from that distance.

If Milwaukee wants to trade Carter-Williams for value eventually, it’d help if he plays better. Keeping him in the loop might help his comfort level – especially if the Bucks are being honest with him.