Trading for Michael Carter-Williams in 2016 was a disaster for the Bulls in hindsight. They sent Tony Snell (a better player) to the Bucks in the deal and, because they acquired another point guard, waived Spencer Dinwiddie (another better player). Carter-Williams’ most memorable moment in Chicago was offending Derrick Rose fans by planning to wear No. 1 with the Bulls.
Chicago reacquiring Carter-Williams now shouldn’t cause as many waves.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
Carter-Williams has $365,966 guaranteed remaining on his contract. Presumably, Houston covered that amount plus paid the Bulls extra for their troubles.
The Rockets are in line to save $2,101,934 in luxury vs. just waiving Carter-Williams themselves. So, there’s plenty of room for them to pay the the Bulls and still come out ahead.
Carter-Williams was a flier by a contending team in need of depth. He struggled with Houston, which found a better alternative in Austin Rivers. At this point, the 27-year-old Carter-Williams could be nearing the end of his NBA career.