Bucks Figure To Be Sellers at Trade Deadline
On Monday afternoon, ESPN’s Zach Lowe, one of the more well-connected guys in the NBA media, put out a story about all of the different possibilities with the trade deadline this week. Included in this piece were the Milwaukee Bucks and what they plan to do in the next three days. According to Lowe, they’re going to be sellers at the deadline which makes sense given the opportunity to free up some cap space as well as the team has realistic expectations about this year’s ceiling. Here’s the full quote from his great piece.
The Bucks are doing their due diligence to see if they can step into a seller’s void, sources say. They’ll at least listen on anyone but Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Thon Maker, and Khris Middleton, though the main potential Greg Monroe landing spots have dried up. (Monroe seems likely to decline his $17.8 million player option for next season, at least as of now, a move that would give the Bucks an unexpected batch of cap space.) The Plumlee trade relieved any short-term cap stress, giving the Bucks a little more leverage.
When Jabari Parker went down, we did sort of a trade value piece of Bucks remaining asserts. Greg Monroe was at the top of the list. It’s a weird thing about Bucks being sellers is Monroe made himself untradeable if he’s telling the team that the option will get declined this summer. The combination of Monroe, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo might equate to a damn good team even if they sell off other pieces. Matthew Dellavedova should have some interest from contenders especially out west, but he has a fresh contract. Same for John Henson. I could see Milwaukee being a third team in a much bigger deal.
Deadline happens at 3:00 pm on Thursday afternoon. Yesterday was a little bit wild with his speculation with teams and players social media yet nothing firmed up. I wouldn’t be surprised if a deal happened in the coming days.