NBA trade rumors are stating that the Milwaukee Bucks are having second thoughts about putting everyone on the roster except for Giannis Antetokounmpo on the block. Well, they have decided that they wanted to keep some of the other players. However, it appears that Michael Carter-Williams, who was acquired just a season ago, is still available to other teams in the National Basketball Association, according to Hoops Rumors.
Since he is not a great shooter, it is hard for Michael Carter-Williams to find offensive schemes that really fit him. That appears to be the case with the Milwaukee Bucks, as the team might be more efficient with a guard that can stretch the floor so that their slashers and Greg Monroe can do their things in the lane. Carter-Williams is sometimes considered a liability on the floor because of that.
In a rather interesting note, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd was at one point in time a guard that couldn’t shoot as well. He was able to compensate for that by being great at passing, rebounding, and defending. Kidd, however, knew that he was a liability on offense at times, so to counteract that, he somehow taught himself to become a really good outside shooter during the latter years of his career in the NBA.
Jason Kidd knows better than anyone that Michael Carter-Williams does not fit his offensive scheme, so now would be a good time to see if there’s another coach in the NBA that can pull off that feat. Perhaps, there is a better offensive scheme out there somewhere for Carter-Williams. If so, then that team might be willing to send assets over to the Milwaukee Bucks before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday.
For Michael Carter-Williams to truly succeed in the NBA, he needs to find a franchise that is willing to build the offense around him, much like what the Sacramento Kings have done for Rajon Rondo. Even though DeMarcus Cousins is the star player on the team, the offense goes through Rondo and his ability to create opportunities for his teammates. Rondo isn’t asked to be much of a shooter with the Kings.
Interestingly enough, the Sacramento Kings might be a possible destination for Michael Carter-Williams. Rajon Rondo only signed a one year deal with them last summer and will become a free agent once the NBA season ends. Since he has reclaimed his spot as one of the top guards in the National Basketball Association, there should be a demand for Rondo in free agency, so the Kings might need a replacement like Carter-Williams.
Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell is struggling during his rookie year. Much of that is because he doesn’t want to adjust from being a scoring guard to being a play making one. If the Lakers were to acquire Michael Carter-Williams, then Russell can focus more on scoring than setting up his teammates. Plus, Carter-Williams is 6’6″, so he can defend almost any guard in the NBA.
The Brooklyn Nets don’t really have an offensive identity right now. Tony Brown is serving as the interim head coach. Odds are that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and the new general manager that he hires will be bringing in someone new. Reports have surfaced that Prokhorov is looking for a big name coach. If that coach has a scheme that fits Michael Carter-Williams, then that might be an option since Brooklyn really needs an upgrade at the guard spots.
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