Bulls, Bucks about to seal trade deal

Former Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams is on the move again, this time within the division. The Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls have a deal waiting for league approval that would send MCW down the road to the Bulls in exchange for Tony Snell, a move designed to shore up the shooting guard spot for the Bucks and to add depth to the point guard rotation behind Rajon Rondo for the Bulls.

Michael, at one of the NBA games.

Michael, at one of the NBA games.

Carter-Williams, part of a trade-deadline deal in 2015, will be heading to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for shooting guard Tony Snell, a source confirmed. The trade likely will be finalized by Monday.

The Bucks continue to try to shore up the shooting guard position after the loss of Khris Middleton, who had surgery for a torn hamstring and is out at least six months. The Bulls wanted a reliable backup for Rajon Rondo.

Carter-Williams was the NBA rookie of the year with Philadelphia in the 2013-’14 season but was dealt to the Bucks as part of a three-way trade in February 2015. Twice he lost his starting position last season before undergoing hip surgery.

The 6-foot-7 Snell was not sure to get regular playing time with the Bulls this season after the addition of veteran Dwyane Wade in the off-season and more playing time going to Doug McDermott.

Snell averaged 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds while averaging 20 minutes a game for the Bulls last season. The former New Mexico player started 33 games and appeared in 64. He played in 72 games and started 22 the previous year and averaged 6.0 points in 19.6 minutes per game.

The Bucks will have a point guard rotation that includes Matthew Dellavedova, rookie Malcolm Brogdon and Jason Terry. Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a primary ball handler but will not defend point guards.

Grizzlies guard Wade Baldwin acknowledges, like most NBA rookies, that the biggest transition from college is adjusting to the speed of the game. That has been the crux of any training camp struggles. But say this for Baldwin: He is beginning his professional life playing for a coach who intends to put his career on a fast track.

When asked if Baldwin is ready to contribute for the Griz this season, Coach David Fizdale responded affirmatively. “He shows incredible flashes of talent and ability. He’s ferocious,” Fizdale said, before later adding: “I’ve got to live with some of his mistakes. That’s just part of the deal. When you over-scrutinize rookie mistakes, they go into a shell. And I don’t want that. I’ll reel him when he needs to be reeled in but I want to go out there and play really free.”

Baldwin played off the bench Saturday night during the Grizzlies’ 134-125 preseason win over the Houston Rockets in a double overtime game at the Toyota Center. Fellow rookie guard Andrew Harrison started alongside Mike Conley in the back court. Fizdale is also quick to point out that Baldwin has looked very much like a first-time pro during the exhibition schedule. The 6-4 combo guard taken 17th overall in the first round of the June draft still has the potential to be the game-changer that Memphis envisions. Inside the organization, Baldwin has drawn comparisons to Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook because of his motor and fearlessness. “I like it because he’s my favorite player,” Baldwin said. “But I want to build my own identity. Playing him in the (Tulsa game Wednesday night), I was going too fast. I’ve got to slow down a little.”


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