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It never worked out for Michael Carter-Williams and the Milwaukee Bucks. The 6-foot-6 point guard arrived in a trade deadline deal in 2015 and was given the keys to the car. The Bucks wanted him to handle playmaking duties and harass opponents on defense while playing a big role on a young squad. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
But it never came together over one-plus seasons and Carter-Williams became expendable. There were rumors in the off-season that he would be traded, so when the news came after Saturday’s game that he was going to the Chicago Bulls, it was not a huge surprise. The trade is expected to be official on Monday. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
But did the Bucks get enough in return? They acquired shooting guard-small forward Tony Snell, a fourth-year player from New Mexico. Snell had fallen on the Bulls’ depth chart and was not in line for much playing time this season. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith walked around Cleveland Clinic Courts a happy man on Sunday.
The 3-point sharp-shooter joked with teammates, hugged Cavs staff members and addressed the media about returning to play for the defending NBA champions.
“It feels great,” Smith said of being back with a reported four-year contract worth $57 million. Akron Beacon Journal
Smith acknowledged the business side of things, and said it was “extremely difficult” to not report to training camp and be with his teammates. “I got to kick it and hang with the guys off the court, but then I go home and they go back to practice the next day,” Smith said. “I go back to this lonely gym working out by myself [in Garfield Heights]. It was an extremely tough time, but fortunately it is over.” Akron Beacon Journal
The top nine in the Cavs’ rotation is now under contract for at least the next two seasons. Frye and Mike Dunleavy will be free agents in 2018, and James and Shumpert have the opportunity to join them. Love is under team control through the summer of 2019 and Smith, Irving and Thompson are under team control through 2020. Akron Beacon Journal
While [Chris] Paul didn’t practice Sunday because of his hand injury, he’s not expected to miss any real time. Paul’s officially being called “day-to-day” with a sprained left thumb, and injury he likely would be able to play with if the Clippers were in the regular season. “He’ll play in definitely one of the two (remaining preseason games), and that tells you it’s not that serious,” Doc Rivers said. OC Register
Chris Paul broke a bone in his shooting hand, his right, last postseason, an injury that required surgery and cost him the remainder of his season. The Clippers play in Utah on Monday before finishing their preseason schedule Tuesday in Sacramento. OC Register
Paul is expected to be in New York Wednesday for collective bargaining talks between the NBA the NBPA. Reportedly, both sides are optimistic a deal for the 2017 season and beyond can be reached. OC Register
The Rockets made the first of their preseason roster moves, releasing guard Isaiah Taylor, on Sunday, with Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni saying at least one of the available roster spots will likely go to one of the point guards on the roster. Houston Chronicle
The Rockets have 18 players on the roster after waiving Taylor. P.J. Hairston, who like Taylor did not travel with the Rockets on the trip to China, is also unlikely to make the final roster. Signed on Sept. 30, the Rockets could be keeping Hairston on the roster longer to have him on the roster long enough to make sure they would have his NBA Development rights. Houston Chronicle
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