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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 4, 2016

For the second time in as many seasons at the NBA trade deadline, a young, promising point guard Milwaukee Bucks rumor is the subject of trade rumors. This time, it's Michael Carter-Williams.

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Bucks Reportedly Tell Carter-Williams He Won't Be Traded 

Tuesday, Feb. 16 

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported that the Bucks told Carter-Williams he isn't going anywhere. However, Spears noted that the Philadelphia 76ers told him the same thing before trading him.


Bucks Willing to Deal Carter-Williams 

Monday, Feb. 15

Carter-Williams is "undeniably gettable," according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst.

Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times reported on Feb. 4 Carter-Williams was among the players Milwaukee is willing to trade ahead of the February 18 ultimatum to make deals.  


Bucks '15 Trade For Carter-Williams Has Yielded Mediocre Results

Bucks head coach and personnel chief Jason Kidd dealt away Brandon Knight to the Phoenix Suns ahead of last year's trade deadline in a three-team deal that brought Carter-Williams into the fold.

As Woelfel pointed out, Milwaukee is 18 games below .500 since Kidd made that deal. Also mentioned in the report as a player the Bucks could trade for the right price is big man Greg Monroe, the team's prized offseason free-agent acquisition.

Milwaukee's roster looks fascinating on paper. Its parts banded together well enough to hand the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors their first loss after starting their title defense with 24 straight wins.

There's a whole lot of size and athleticism to go around between these Bucks, featuring a 6'6" point guard in Carter-Williams who's a dynamic defender and savvy distributor.

But the 24-year-old former NBA Rookie of the Year has been inconsistent and ultimately hasn't stepped up to lead a team that should have better than a 20-31 record to date this season.

Kidd played point guard during his heyday and clearly knows what it takes to succeed at the position. His decision to ship Knight out of town seems impetuous in retrospect, and he may be on his way to pulling a similar stunt in search of a spark for what's been an out-of-sync squad in 2015-16.

If he is traded, perhaps Carter-Williams can have more of a peace of mind as he tries to fulfill his potential. The team that drafted him, the Philadelphia 76ers, felt he wasn't a franchise cornerstone worth building around. It appears the Bucks may feel the same way.

With one year still remaining on his inexpensive contract (h/t Spotrac), Carter-Williams should be a hot trade commodity for suitors seeking a backcourt upgrade.

Whether a young squad wants to build a foundation around him or a contender wants a spark down the stretch of this season and into 2016-17, the circumstances suggest Carter-Williams' market will be fruitful.

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