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Report: Bulls close to acquiring Michael Carter-Williams from Bucks

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The Chicago Bulls are close to acquiring point guard Michael Carter-Williams from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for shooting guard Tony Snell, per Marc Stein and Zach Lowe of ESPN. The Bucks have been open about their willingness to move Carter-Williams and allow Giannis Antetokounmpo to take over the full-time point guard duties.

Things have gone south quickly for Carter-Williams, who was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He left Syracuse after his sophomore season, and then joined a Sixers roster that needed him to contribute in every facet of the game immediately. He would win the Rookie of the Year Award in 2013-14, averaging 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game, while starting all 70 games he would play in.

But since then, things have gone downhill. He would be hampered by off-season shoulder surgery following his Rookie of the Year campaign and would be dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks in February 2015 in Philadelphia’s long-term plan to accrue more draft picks.

He would play in only 54 games last season (starting 37 of them), suffering from ankle issues, before tearing the labrum in his left hip in March, and would average career-lows in points (11.5), assists (5.2), and rebounds (5.1).

The 6’6″ point guard has been unable to generate any type of outside shot since joining the league. A career 25.5 percent three-point shooter, Carter-Williams would join a Bulls backcourt that has the same notorious issue of being unable to shoot with Rajon Rondo (28.9 percent career three-point shooter), Jimmy Butler (31.1 percent last season), and Dwyane Wade (15.9 percent last season).

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