With the acquisition of Kris Dunn, the Chicago Bulls backcourt was officially overcrowded. Thanks to the addition of the second year man from Providence via the Jimmy Butler trade, the Bulls had 6 point guards on their roster.
It looks like the first point guard on the cutting block is Michael Carter-Williams. According to an interview that John Paxson did today with David Kaplan of ESPN 1000, the Bulls will not be extending a qualifying offer to MCW and will be making him an unrestricted free agent come July 1st.
By not extending the $4.2m qualifying offer to the point guard, all signs are pointing to MCW not coming back next season.
This should come as a surprise to nobody. After trading Tony Snell for him last season, Carter-Williams struggled in his role as a backup point guard for Chicago. There were some flashes of him playing well, mostly on defense and his ability to get into the paint but those moments came sparingly. In his 45 games played with Chicago, MCW averaged 6.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He shot 36.6% from the field but had an abysmal 3-point percentage at 23.4%. He also registered an offensive box plus minus score of -4.1, the second lowest on the team behind Cameron Payne.
The Bulls need shooters right now and MCW is not one of them. He wasn’t even a threat beyond the paint and this stat should say all you need to know about his lack of shooting:
Michael Carter-Williams shot 26.6% from outside of 10 feet last season.— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) June 27, 2017
Carter-Williams will probably find a team somewhere next season and it could be on a low end contract. He’s likely to find a backup role somewhere with the assumption Chicago is likely not to retain his services.
In other roster news:
- the Bulls will make QOs to their other restricted Free Agents: Nikola Mirotic, Cristiano Felicio, and Joffrey Lauvergne, giving the team matching rights on any contract they sign.
- No update on the Rajon Rondo decision, though KC Johnson tweeted that a buyout+re-sign option is a ‘longshot’
- Bulls used an existing Trade Player Exception from the OKC deal to get Kris Dunn, meaning the TPE generated from dealing Butler is even larger. However it’s still to be determined whether they’ll keep that trade exception or instead be under the cap this offseason.