The Milwaukee Bucks may be busy at the NBA trade deadline this year. The Bucks have been linked to multiple different players they could target at the deadline, which is February 9th. Jae Crowder has been linked to Milwaukee for a few years now. Cam Reddish, Alec Burks, and Jordan Clarkson are all names that have been added to the list of possible targets for Milwaukee. Now we can add one more name to the list, this time it comes in the form of prolific scorer Will Barton.
Will Barton Could Be Buyout Target For The Milwaukee Bucks
On a recent episode of The Mismatch, The Ringer’s Chris Vernon had some interesting things to say about Washington Wizards’ wing Will Barton and his future with the team.
Somebody told me maybe like a week ago, out of nowhere, and there has been some buzz about Will Barton getting bought out. And that if he does possibly get bought out, just keep an eye on Bucks or Nets.
Would It Makes Sense For The Bucks To Pursue Will Barton?
Dalton Sell broke down this possibility:
The Bucks’ rumored interest in Barton makes a lot of sense. While it is unclear what their roster will look like following the NBA trade deadline, the Bucks could always use another wing scorer. Over the previous seven seasons, Barton has averaged 14.2 points while shooting 43.7 percent from the floor and 36.5 percent from behind the arc. Given how stagnant Milwaukee’s offense gets at times, having a player like Barton who can put points on the board quickly would help.
In addition to his scoring, there are several other reasons why Barton would be a great piece for the Bucks, including his height. As it stands, the only wings who are permanently in Milwaukee’s rotation who are above 6-foot-5 are Khris Middleton and Joe Ingles. The 6-foot-6 Barton would give the Bucks some length, which could be useful in defending opposing wings. Speaking of that, Barton is not a lackluster defender either. He might not dazzle on that side of the ball, but he can hold his own when called upon.
Barton has played in 39 games this season, all off the bench. He is averaging just 7.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. That is a far cry from the 14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.9 assists he averaged last season in his stint for the Denver Nuggets. With star guard Bradley Beal firmly entrenched as the primary wing option and Kyle Kuzma also showing immense promise this season, it’s not far-fetched to think Barton could be traded before the trade deadline. Barton would likely get more opportunities in Milwaukee to showcase his talent, and the Bucks would greatly benefit from it. This could be a win-win scenario.
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