The Milwaukee Bucks are headed into a somewhat surprising off-season. After their early exit from the 2023 NBA Playoffs, the Bucks moved on from their head coach Mike Budenholzer. In the wake of the early exit and new head coach for the 2023 season, many are speculating that the Bucks could make a splash move this off-season. As it turns out, the Bucks have been named in a trade scenario that would send Khris Middleton out east.
Milwaukee Bucks Named In Trade That Sends Khris Middleton To The Brooklyn Nets
According to Josh Cornelissen of Fansided:
The Brooklyn Nets could decide to take things slow, trading their veterans for younger assets and trying to put together the best possible core for years to come. Given that they owe their next four first-round picks, however, much more likely is Door No. 2, where they try to get better quickly.
If so, trying to add a player like Khris Middleton makes a lot of sense. He can be an offensive co-star with Mikal Bridges, and together they can lock down the two and the three between Spencer Dinwiddie at point guard and Cameron Johnson and Nic Claxton at the big positions.
The problem for Brooklyn is that they don’t have appreciable cap space. So where is their leverage to get the Bucks to send Middleton? It’s in the fact that Middleton could walk to another team with cap space, but in choosing the Nets, the Bucks get an impressive haul back.Brooklyn Nets Receive:
- Khris Middleton
- Jevon CarterMilwaukee Bucks Receive:
- Dorian Finney-Smith
- Joe Harris
- Patty Mills
- 2023 First-Round Pick
Dorian Finney-Smith can be the two-way forward that Jae Crowder simply wasn’t, starting at the three and sliding to the four in small lineups. He can defend anyone but centers and the fastest of guards, which frees Giannis Antetokounmpo up to rove. Joe Harris might be washed, but together he and Patty Mills offer a lot of shooting, and then they’re off the books next summer before the second tax apron hammer comes down. Jevon Carter would have to accept this player option for this deal to go down.
Many Milwaukee Bucks fans have been calling for the team to move on from Khris Middleton for some time now. While Middleton has shown up in some moments, he is very hit or miss when it comes to the post-season. However, he is a three-time All-Star, and if you’re going to trade away one of those, you should expect a haul in return.
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No, I mean if you do this, Jrue is the new and permanent number two, which is not good. That pick might not be an impact player. You can’t assume you will land a player in FA with it being Milwaukee. Trade Allen instead.