The Milwaukee Bucks were initially rumored to be one of the teams interested in trading for Washington Wizards’ star Bradley Beal. However, recent reports indicated that they are no longer considered a likely destination.
In the same vein, Khris Middleton has long been the subject of trade rumors and scenarios. Even though multiple reports have cited inside sources that say he will not be leaving Milwaukee, these rumors have not ceased.
All of this being said, there was a recent trade proposal published the ignores every ounce of common sense in regards to what has been indicated concerning the Milwaukee Bucks. It is a trade proposal that does indeed send Beal to Milwaukee, but sends Middleton and 2022 first round pick MarJon Beauchamp to two different teams.
The Milwaukee Bucks Are Not Pursuing Bradley Beal, and they Certainly Aren’t Shopping Khris Middleton
Josh Cornelessin of The Smoking Cuban, a Dallas Mavericks fan site, proposed the following trade:
Washington Wizards Get
- Number 10 overall pick in 2023 NBA Draft
- 2027 first round pick (from Dallas)
- Tim Hardaway
- Davis Bertans
- MarJon Beauchamp
Dallas Mavericks Get
- Khris Middleton
Milwaukee Bucks Get
- Bradley Beal
Admittedly, the salaries work out and this trade would allow the Bucks to acquire Beal without adding to their already steep salary cap hit. However, there are several reasons why this trade is unrealistic.
First, the Bucks included Middleton in their search for a new head coach. The only other player involved was two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. If Milwaukee intended on trading him this offseason, why would they include him in the organization’s biggest decision of the offseason?
Simple: they wouldn’t.
Second, trading Middleton and Beauchamp would destroy Milwaukee’s depth at the forward position. In his article, Cornelissin admits that this trade would force the Bucks to look to the bargain bin for a starting forward.
Third, many fans have cited that “Middleton is always injured” as a reason why the Bucks should look to trade him. Interestingly, over the past two seasons, Middleton has played 99 games; Beal has played 90. The injury excuse seems to be a talking point for fans that just plain don’t like Middleton or are uninformed in what they are talking about.
Finally, the lone Bucks player that has been confirmed to have been invited to Greece to workout with Giannis this offseason is MarJon Beauchamp. If the Bucks want to build youth for the future, why trade away their most recent first round pick?