The Milwaukee Bucks were reportedly having trade talks with the Sacramento Kings involving Michael-Carter Williams and Ben McLemore. Unfortunately, the Kings turned down the offer, resulting for the Bucks to find another trade partner. Should the Los Angeles Lakers take the opportunity to unload Nick Young?
Khris Middleton will be sidelined for six months after suffering a left hamstring injury. His presence will be deeply missed in the Milwaukee Bucks on both ends. The Bucks tried to find his temporary replacement by inquiring the availability of Ben McLemore via trade.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Bucks offered guard Michael-Carter Williams to the Kings for McLemore but was turned down.
“The Bucks, sources say, have since offered former Rookie of the Year guard Michael Carter-Williams to the Sacramento Kings in a trade proposal for Ben McLemore and will continue to probe for potential deals after the Kings rebuffed that pitch for 2013’s No. 7 overall pick,” Stein reported.
The 2014 Rookie of the Year was a disappointment since he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. In his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers, he averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game. However, Carter-Williams’ performance has tremendously gone down after suffering an injury.
As of now, the Kings are still hoping that Ben McLemore will thrive under coach Dave Joerger. Though both players will become restricted free agents next summer, there is no doubt that McLemore can be more useful on both ends.
According to Syracuse.com, the Bucks could send Michael-Carter Williams to the Los Angeles Lakers for Nick Young. The Lakers were reportedly trying to move Swaggy P out of their team in the past months. As of now, the best way to get rid of him is to trade him to another team.
Nick Young averaged 17.9 points on 38.6 percent three-point shooting in his first season with the Lakers. However, he struggled when the Lakers replaced Mike D’Antoni with Byron Scott as their head coach. Also, the rift between him and D’Angelo Russell had a major effect on his on-court performance.
The Lakers should grab the opportunity of unloading ‘distraction’ on their team by trading Nick Young for Bucks’ Michael Carter-Williams. Aside from releasing Young’s contract, Carter-Williams could be useful as a backup point guard for D’Angelo Russell, who is not a pass- first point guard.
Having a brand new start with another team will give Nick Young the chance to prove himself in the league once again. If this trade proceeds, it will benefit both teams in filling up the needs to improve on their roster.