The Milwaukee Bucks are nearing playoff mode already with the number of trade rumors they are involved in. It seems as though the Bucks will definitely make a move. However, who will be involved and when it will happen is still a question mark. Dan Favale of Bleacher Report has a different interpretation, as he believes the Bucks will target Kyle Kuzma sooner than later.
Kyle Kuzma and the Bucks could be a perfect match
As Favale mentions in his article, the Bucks are relying on older players to get by with what is left in the tank. Joe Ingles and Wesley Matthews are not the same players they used to be. The pressure is on for Milwaukee to make a move and propel their team forward. The roster is talented but needs something else. It still needs another layer of talent.
Kyle Kuzma has proven himself to be a high-level scorer multiple times now. He averaged 16.1 points and 18.7 points per game in his first two seasons, respectively. This season, Kuzma is averaging 21.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 46.1% from the field and 33.8% from three-point range. The only knock on Kuzma this season has been his turnovers, as he averages three per game.
Kuzma is not the best defender but he is good enough to get by. The Bucks have a good defensive team overall, and Kuzma won’t hurt that. The real issue is that the Bucks will have to give up a part of their future to acquire anyone. Jae Crowder and Immanuel Quickley are good options for the Bucks at cost-effective prices. The Wizards will not be comfortable parting ways without receiving full value.
Milwaukee could seek a trade for Kuzma due to the fit. The 27-year-old is a versatile big who could fit into multiple different squads. Next year, Kyle Kuzma has a player option worth $13 million, and he has indicated that he will decline it. Perhaps if he is traded to Milwaukee, he exercises his option and stays with the team. Other NBA teams will not overpay for a soon-to-be free agent. However, if the Bucks can retain him the trade would make perfect sense.