This is the third part of four part GM Series. The first two parts I focused on tier one guards who can help the Bucks get passed the hump and make it to the finals. In this article I look at tier 2 guards. These guys are not All-Stars but can help this team take another step without giving up their stars. Any one of these guys would be a great trade target for the Bucks.
Trade #1: Derrick Rose (Detroit)
A former MVP, Rose who went through a stretch of injuries that put his career in jeopardy has bounced back. Still with flashes of his former MVP self Rose has become a reliable bench contributor.
Bucks Receive Rose
Pistons Receive DiVincenzo and Wilson
Donte gets to play more meaningful basketball with the Pistons as a he develops and the Pistons have had decent luck getting quality play from several other former Bucks. The Pistons headed towards a rebuild also get Wilson. A guy who hasn’t had a chance to play much in Milwaukee could be a decent bench piece in Detroit.
The Bucks would get a 6th man of the year candidate and a player off the bench that can score on his own. It would also allow Rose to play for a contender as he wants to add a championship to his resume. The Bucks would also rely on Rose in the playoffs to create when teams pack the lane against Giannis.
Bring Him Back to Milwaukee: JJ Redick (New Orleans)
The 36 year old sharp shooter certainly enjoyed being the beneficiary of a team that drafted Zion Williamson and trade for Brandon Ingram to collapse the defense. However, the young Pelicans might just need a few seasons to mature and get Zion into shape. It might be time the Pelicans move Reddick to a contender wanting veteran help to get back some controllable assets.
Bucks Receive Reddick
Pelicans Receive DiVincenzo and Wilson
For the Pelicans DiVincenzo and Wilson are both young players who could add depth and versatility to the tea
m. Both would have the opportunity to grow into impact players for this team looking to develop into a contender.
The Bucks would get Reddick who would be an instant upgrade at SG over anyone Milwaukee has now. He also can essentially become a more reliable version of what we wanted out of Kyle Korver this season. But unlike Korver, Reddick can guard enough to not weaken the defense while he’s on the court. Allowing the Bucks to start him and have him play more minutes.
Trade #3: Seth Curry (Dallas)
Seth Curry isn’t the polished scoring option that his brother is. However, his ability to space the floor and light up the score board off the bench makes him valuable to any contending team.
Bucks Receive Curry and 2nd rd pick
Mavericks Receive Hill
Many could see this as a win for the Mavericks, as they get Hill. Hill a really solid veteran leader off the bench who can start any time. Hill is still a good shooter and passer who does everything well. The consistency is something the Mavs need when Luka goes to the bench.
The Bucks like this trade for a few reasons though. While they are giving away their bench leader they replace him with a guy who can be a 15pt scorer a night off the bench in this spaced out offense. They also would have Curry for 3 years for a cheaper cost then what Hill is getting, while adding a future pick. While on paper this trade doesn’t sound appealing the skill sets of the two players would be greatly highlighted in a swap.
Trade #4: Tim Hardaway Jr. (Dallas)
Sticking in Dallas with Tim Hardaway Jr. who has a player option, may decide to opt in due to the salary cap being adjusted. Making it might be beneficial for the Mavs to move on from Hardaw
ay as Luka shines in Dallas.
Bucks receive Hardaway Jr
Mavericks receive Hill and Ilyasova
Like mentioned above the Mavs like Hill for is his veteran consistency. Ilyasova however, is thrown in to make the money work. Ilyasova can either be waived or kept as an added veteran presence who would bring a toughness to the team.
The Bucks in this trade would get a guy who could move into the starting SG position and thrive not being as heavily relied on. However, with the spacing and Hardaway Jr. ability to create for himself he would be an upgrade of Mathews.
A Super Sixth Man: Lou Williams (Los Angles)
Lou Williams is a guy I don’t see the Clippers giving up due to his ability to put up big numbers off the bench. However, with Doc Rivers out in LA and that team just not working this last season, some change may be coming.
Bucks receive Williams and Shamet
Clippers receive Hill and DiVincenzo
The Clippers would get a reliable guy who can fill into just about any lineup in Hill. While also adding DiVincenzo who has shown flashes of being a star at times. While both Hill and DiVincenzo would bring good defense to a team that already has Kawhi and Paul George.
The Bucks get possibly the best 6th man in the league in Williams who is best creating off the dribble which would help the staleness of the second unit. While also getting a younger player in Shamet who could benefit from the spacing Giannis can create for his teammates. The other trade the Bucks should consider here is Bledsoe for Williams-Shamet if that is a better combination for both sides.