Indeed, the teams swapped the third-year players likely headed toward restricted free agency next summer.
The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has acquired guard Michael Carter-Williams from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Tony Snell.
The Bucks were desperate for another wing with Khris Middleton injured, and Snell fits the bill. Snell is a 3-and-D player, but he’s only passably reliable at either skill and brings nothing else to the table. Only Tayshaun Prince played more with a lower PER than Snell’s 6.4 last season. In fact, the only other player who neared Snell’s minutes with a lower PER was Milwaukee’s own Rashad Vaughn, whose 4.2 PER shows why the Bucks were so desperate.
The Bulls took advantage.
Carter-Williams has his own flaws as an erratic playmaker and choppy outside shooter. But the 6-foot-6 point guard offers rare size for the position, and his talent is evidenced by his Rookie of the Year award. Chicago is also upgrading at a position of need. Carter-Williams will back up Rajon Rondo at point guard rather than leaving the Bulls stuck with the best of Jerian Grant, Isaiah Canaan and Spencer Dinwiddie.
It’s possible both teams improved with this deal, but that mostly speaks to the Bucks’ awful wing depth. Chicago definitely walks away with the more valuable player – and one who also fills a need.