Brandon Knight traded to Suns, Michael Carter-Williams to Bucks

Brandon Knight has been traded to the Suns and Michael Carter-Williams is heading to the Bucks in a stunning deal reported just before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the deal, with ESPN’s Marc Stein quickly supplying additional details.

The Sixers will pick up the Lakers‘ top-5 protected 2015 pick in the swap, according to Chad Ford. The Suns sent Isaiah Thomas to the Celtics, taking back Marcus Thornton and a pick. Phoenix is also sending Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee to Milwaukee in the deal.

Factoring in the four players involved in this deal plus Goran Dragic — who was traded to the Heat separately — the Suns traded five players on Thursday, three of whom played major roles for the No. 8 seed in the West. Meanwhile, the Sixers further stripped their roster while stockpiling very valuable picks.

The Bucks were facing Knight’s restricted free agency in July. Carter-Williams is in just the second year of his rookie deal, providing Milwaukee with some flexibility going forward.

What the Suns get

Phoenix lands Brandon Knight, the best player in the deal and a worthy replacement for Dragic. Knight nearly made the East All-Star team in this, his fourth season out of Kentucky. Just 23 years old, he’s averaging 17 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds per game this season. He’ll be a restricted free agent in July, and should be able to play alongside Eric Bledsoe.

The Suns also receive Thornton, a roleplaying shooting guard unlikely to have a major role in Phoenix, and a pick of some sort.

What the Bucks get

The Bucks pick up the reigning Rookie of the Year in Carter-Williams, who is also 23. He’s averaging 15 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds per game for Philadelphia, but has fought some nagging injuries and is very inefficient from the field. The primary benefit of Carter-Williams over Knight is that the former is cheap for the next two seasons, whereas Knight can expect a major raise.

Milwaukee also lands Plumlee, whose size will help given the end of Larry Sanders’ Bucks career, and Ennis, a promising young point guard who can develop behind fellow Syracuse product Carter-Williams.

What the Sixers get

The Sixers might have landed to best asset in the deal: the Lakers’ first-round pick from Phoenix. The pick is protected through No. 5 this season; currently, L.A. has roughly an 80 percent probability of keeping it. That pick is protected only through No. 3 in each of 2016 and 2017, however, and is completely unprotected in 2018. Unless L.A. keeps the pick this year and has an outstanding offseason, there are strong odds Philadelphia will land another lottery pick out of this deal.

It’s unclear what players, if any, Philadelphia will also take on in the deal.

What the Celtics get

Boston gets firecracker scoring guard Isaiah Thomas, a summer free agent pick-up for Phoenix. Thomas instantly becomes the best backcourt scorer on the roster. He’s signed through the 2017-18 season at roughly $8 million per year on average.

Written by Nick Endress

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