The Milwaukee Bucks made huge changes to their roster ahead of the 2020-2021 season. They traded three first round picks and two players to the Pelicans for Jrue Holiday. They signed free agents Bobby Portis, Bryn Forbes, DJ Augustin, and Torrey Craig. In short, their roster looks much different this year than it did last year. They may not be done, too. As the Bucks sit in the third seed of the East, it is unclear whether or not they have enough talent to finally reach the NBA Finals. One NBA scout has named two big name targets the Bucks might acquire in a trade: JJ Reddick and Victor Olapido.
Should the Bucks somehow acquire JJ Reddick, it would be the sharpshooter’s second go-around with the Bucks. Reddick played half a season with Milwaukee during the 2012-2013 season. During his stint, he averaged 12.3 points, but shot only 31.8% from three. This is well below his career averaged of 41.5%.
This season, Reddick again is having a down year. He is averaging just 8.0 points per game on a 38.2/35.9/95.0 split. Again, this is well below his career average for shooting. Due to his struggles, he may be a trade candidate as the deadline looms. A change of scenery might do him well, and Milwaukee is a prime destination.
Victor Olapido has been linked to the Bucks before. In fact, Milwaukee tried to acquire him during this past offseason, but could not come to an agreement with Indiana. Eventually, Indiana traded the disgruntled former All Star to Houston. With the Rockets, Olapido is averaging 18.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game.
Of course, adding Olapido would be complicated given the Bucks’ salary cap situation. However, they could package Brook Lopez, Donte DiVincenzo, and DJ Wilson in a trade to make the salaries work. If they did this, they would need to sign a veteran big to a minimum deal, or bring someone up from the G League. In any case, a starting lineup of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Olapido, Jrue Holiday, and Bobby Portis would be fun to watch, and would put up a lot of points.