It was hectic for the players, as well.
Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee went from being pulled off the Phoenix Suns bus to the BMO Harris Bradley Center atrium in just over 24 hours, and the pair will suit up tonight for the Bucks against the Denver Nuggets.
As Ennis was heading off the bus, the pair said they had wished they could have played with one another longer, only his teammate wasn’t far behind him.
"It’s a whirlwind," said Plumlee, a 6-foot, 11-inch athletic center. "We knew that there was a lot of possibilities, but I don’t think anyone really knew anything for sure. Then, I really didn’t get a text until after one o’clock (mountain time) so I thought I made it."
Back in Milwaukee, the Bucks were similarly shocked when point guard Brandon Knight was informed he was moving on right at the deadline.
"We were just doing so well and then you’re just shocked because we had practice (at Marquette) and you thought the deadline (passed), but there is a lot of action here in Milwaukee," forward Jared Dudley said. "But it’s a business. Everyone knows how it is. I’ve already been traded three times so I know more than anybody. You definitely wish him the best."
Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said general manager John Hammond, along with owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, made the call on moving Knight, a restricted free agent, for a troika of players that are under team control for the immediate future.
"We all feel that we got three quality, young players that can help," Kidd said. "Our job now as coaches is to put them in the system and put them in a position to be successful.’
Carter-Williams, the signature player the Bucks received in the deal and one Hammond called the team’s "point guard of the future" hopes to be able to suit up soon for his new team. He has been sidelined with a toe injury.
Kidd called him the team’s starter, and he will assume a leadership role on the floor for a team that has designs on the playoffs, as opposed to the top of the NBA Draft lottery.
"It is going to be different, and I’m excited for it," said Carter-Williams, the 2014 Rookie of the Year. "I believe that I’m a winner and I’ve won pretty much my whole life. This last year and a half (in Philadelphia) has been a struggle and something I had to go through. I always believe that brighter days were ahead during that process, and I think those days start now."
Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.
A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.
To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.
Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining OnMilwaukee.com.
In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.
Golf aficionados who venture into Illinois have also read Jim in GOLF Chicago Magazine as well as the Chicago District Golfer and Illinois Golfer magazines.