According to new Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams, his old Philadelphia Sixers head coach Brett Brown didn’t want the front-office to unceremoniously ship him out of town.
MCW didn’t fit into the Sixers’ amazing tank-at-all-cost plans, and says he’s happy to be a Buck.
The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year made his debut Wednesday night for Milwaukee, as the Bucks routed the visiting Sixers 104-88.
Per the Philly Inquirer:
“I think the ultimate thing that it comes down to is coach Brown coaches and Sam [Hinkie] does the moves,” said MCW. “I think that’s what it comes down to and I think that’s the agreement and that’s all I really know. I think that if it was up to coach Brown, I don’t think I would have been moved, to be honest. […] I was pretty up to speed and pretty involved (disbelieving laughs). As far as I heard I was involved in the long-term plan, especially with me, Joel (Embiid) and Nerlens (Noel). It was really us three that was the core group and were told that we we’re going to be (there) for a pretty long time and we really want to build around. I understand that things change and plans change. I guess that Sam and the rest of those guys thought that to move me was the best move. That’s on them and it is what it is.”
Carter-Williams finished with seven points and a game-high eight assists in just 17 minutes, 31 seconds of action in his Bucks debut. He sat out the fourth quarter. […] Carter-Williams was traded to Milwaukee (32-25) last Thursday. But this was his first game action since Feb. 2 because of a bruised right big toe.
“You saw an emerging leader,” Brown said. “You saw a tougher defender … I just feel like he was improving, moving in the right direction. […] The Milwaukee Bucks are very fortunate to get Michael Carter-Williams.”