Bucks’ Michael Carter-Williams out for season

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The Bucks didn’t trade Michael Carter-Williams. They didn’t trade for Ricky Rubio.

But they might have found their found their point guard:

Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The lengthy Antetokounmpo has been starting without a traditional point guard, bringing the ball up and initiating the offense more often. The results are far from perfect, but the potential Antetokounmpo has displayed at point guard has been quite encouraging.

And now it’ll be that much harder for Carter-Williams to reclaim his starting job.

Bucks release:

Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams will undergo season-ending surgery on Thursday (Mar. 10) to repair the torn labrum in his left hip, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Surgery will be performed by Dr. Marc Philippon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Recovery time for Carter-Williams is expected to be three months.

The Bucks paid a premium for Carter-Williams, taking him rather than the Lakers’ top-three-protected first-round pick in a three-way trade with the Suns and 76ers. But Carter-Williams’ struggles as an outside shooter have killed Milwaukee’s already-challenged spacing. The Bucks could use multiple players shooting better, but point guard is the position most ripe for a shooting upgrade.

Carter-Williams will be eligible for a contract extension this offseason. This is not the impression he wanted to leave as Milwaukee, coming off this disappointing season, determines how to handle its roster.