Reports surfaced Friday that Milwaukee had spoken with Sacramento trying to push a Ben McLemore for Michael Carter-Williams trade, one the Kings had no interest in. Rumors about Michael Carter-Williams availability have been swirling since this summer. That there have been no takers led to a discussion of MCW’s flaws and game (including by myself), something Carter-Williams seems to have taken as motivation.
Like a good coach should, Jason Kidd came to Carter-Williams’ defense, in an interview on Sirius XMNBA Radio.
“Rumors are just part of this business. We’re happy with Michael (Carter-Williams). He’s had a great summer and has worked extremely hard and it showed in the first game in Chicago. He came off the bench and I think he led us in rebounds. He can be one of the best wing defenders in this league. He helped us late in the game running the team at the point guard position. There’s always speculation around different guys, but I think Michael is going to help us win.”
Kidd is right about that — speculation and trade rumors, not to mention trades themselves, are just part of the business. Nobody says it is easy, but most veterans get a thick skin and learn to deal with it. Same with criticism of their game — everybody in the NBA is an amazing player, one of the 450 best in the world, and that shouldn’t be forgotten. The critiques of players games are in the context of the NBA — and those can feel harsh in that small window.
None of that changes the fact MCW is available via trade and that is an open secret around the league.