Bulls decline qualifying offer on Carter-Williams

Ashish Mathur

Chicago Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson told ESPN 1000 that the team will not submit a qualifying offer to guard Michael Carter-Williams.

Carter-Williams will become an unrestricted free agent and likely not return to the Bulls.

Chicago acquired Carter-Williams before the season began from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Tony Snell. The former Rookie of the Year had a dreadful season with the Bulls, as he averaged 6.6 points and 2.5 assists per game while shooting a woeful 36.6 percent from the field.

Carter-Williams was brought in because the Bulls' brass liked his size and defensive skills. The 6-foot-6 guard should excel at posting up small guards and using his length to be a defensive pest, but Carter-Williams has yet to improve his overall game ever since he burst onto the scene with the Sixers back in 2013.

The Bulls have a crowded backcourt entering next season, especially now with Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn joining the team.

Along with the two centerpieces of the Jimmy Butler trade, Chicago also has Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and Jerian Grant on the roster. There really is no need to bring Carter-Williams back.