Rockets Trade Michael Carter-Williams To Bulls

4:07pm: The Rockets have officially announced their deal sending Carter-Williams to Chicago (Twitter link). The Bulls, who already waived Brooks earlier today, per RealGM’s transactions log, released Carter-Williams as well, as they confirmed (via Twitter).

10:01am: The Rockets have finalized a deal to send Michael Carter-Williams and cash to the Bulls, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. In return, Houston will receive a heavily protected second-round pick that is unlikely to ever convey, adds Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle (Twitter link).

The Bulls will waive Carter-Williams, who has a non-guaranteed contract, before the league deadline of 5:00 pm Eastern, Wojnarowski adds (Twitter link). All contracts become fully guaranteed for the rest of the season on Thursday, but players have to be released by the close of business today to avoid the guarantee so they have time to clear waivers.

The Bulls have a full 15-man roster, so the team will waive MarShon Brooks before the deal can be completed, according to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Brooks was acquired Thursday in a trade with the Grizzlies and hasn’t played yet for Chicago. Smith adds that the draft choice the Rockets will receive is top-55 protected. The Bulls’ second-rounder in 2019 belongs to the Sixers, so Smith believes the pick in the deal will be for 2020 (Twitter link).

The trade enables the Rockets to cut their projected luxury tax payment from $16.3MM to $13.7MM, tweets ESPN’s Bobby Marks. It also gives Houston a $1.2MM trade exception. The Rockets open a roster spot that may eventually go to Danuel House, who has won a place in the starting lineup and is approaching the 45-day NBA limit on his two-way contract.

The Bulls will take a $1.2MM cap hit, but will only have to pay Carter-Williams $366K, Marks adds (Twitter link). The cash from the Rockets is expected to cover the salary for him and Brooks. Chicago will also have an open roster spot by the end of the day, points out K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune (Twitter link).

Carter-Williams was named Rookie of the Year with the Sixers in 2014, but has turned into an NBA journeyman. He spent time with the Bucks, Bulls and Hornets before signing with Houston in July. He appeared in 16 games for the Rockets, posting a 4.3/0.8/1.3 line in about nine minutes per night.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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43 thoughts on “Rockets Trade Michael Carter-Williams To Bulls

    • Reflect

      This entire trade is really just about both teams saving a little bit of money. Bulls get money in the deal, Rockets save on tax payments.

    • I give no fox

      The cash money! Rockets are sending enough to supposedly cover MCW and the soon to be released Brooks’ prorated salaries

    • jkoms57

      Well the point is and always has been that the NBA has really weird rules and none of the trades ever make any sense, period.

      Rockets picked up a trade exception. Bulls got Brooks contract covered I guess.

      Just a really weird league.

      • Mr_KLC

        In all fairness, he made that post before the article was updated that the Bulls were waiving him.

      • paindonthurt

        It showed no comments when I posted this. I see…should have guessed it wasn’t to actually take a roster spot.

        • jkoms57

          Either way, does it really matter who the Bulls have this year? Or for the next 5 years haha

          • paindonthurt

            Well this year I wouldn’t add anything to my “young core” unless I found a steal. Continue to let the young guys develop while losing games to get that magical draft pick. I really only see 1-3 maybe 4th pick being difference maker types.

    • I give no fox

      All depends on what your definition of “bust” is…I wouldn’t call a late lotto draft pick that has played 5 seasons of rotational minutes in the NBA a bust…but that’s just me. He isn’t an all star but I think he can carve out a career with a role as a wing defender/backup guard

      • Luckylefty2

        Carve out a career ? Where ? He’s been like 5 different teams in 5 seasons(not including the bulls). He needs to go play either in the g league or overseas and develop a jumper.

    • hiflew

      If you win ROY, you cannot be a bust. You can have a disappointing career, but not be a bust. A bust is someone that cannot make the jump to the next level in any significant way. MCW made the jump in his 1st year, but the Sixers decided they needed to lose more so they traded him and he has never found a fit as well as his first.

        • hiflew

          No he wasn’t. He even led his team into the playoffs. He was a disappointment, but not a bust. Matt Leinart was a bust.

      • jkoms57

        You obviously don’t know what happened in Philly.

        They let him be their whole offense. He was never good at all. If he was they would have come close to playoffs that year.

        Side note. Remember when Brandon Jennings actually was good enough to get the Bucks to the playoffs?
        Crazy.

        • hiflew

          They didn’t let him be their whole offense, they just traded away anyone else with real talent. He was their whole offense by default.

          Yeah, Brandon Jennings’s entire career is just an enigma.

      • paindonthurt

        I agree. Professional sports are crazy in a way that guys can just burst onto the scene and have a great year and fade away into oblivion.

        • victorg

          I mean someone has to score and someone has to get rebounds … he played 35 minutes a game and took a lot of shots and had a lot of turnovers to get his little 16pts avg as a rookie but he was far from a good player BUT he was the 11th pick so not sure how “bust” came into play.

  1. If MCW can develop any sort of jumper, he’d have a consistent role in this league. He’s big for his position, has shown that he can run an offense (at least in spurts), and has the tools to be a good-to-great defender. Imo he could be like a Shaun Livingston-esque player if he could even develop a decent mid-range jumper.

  2. victorg

    I don’t think he is as athletic as say J kidd or Livingston so he is basically a undersized small forward who can not shoot and too slow and not smart enough with the ball to be a point guard

  3. He can still be a bust, the year he won the ROY, it was a brutal draft class.

    That said, I think Shaun Livingston would be a great comparable for MCW if he works out the mid-range game.

  4. Baileyg3rd

    Meanwhile it’s the Warriors against whoever! The are bs players over! Who in there right mind wants to play for the Bs Bulls ???

  5. thebare54

    Someone tell carter that he is not a stud but he fit the Bulls young team if any one can run the stupid out of MCW it’s Boykin . We should keep him and send Parker to the timber wolves ever one can be happy.

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