It is now mid-January and the NBA Trade Deadline is getting closer by the day. The Milwaukee Bucks have been in recent rumors for a few different players that are supposed to be available for this year’s deadline. Including; Cam Reddish, Jae Crowder, Immanuel Quickley, and Kyle Kuzma. But the real best move for the Bucks to consider is for another player that they have been linked to since this past off-season, and that would be, Jordan Clarkson of the Utah Jazz.
Clarkson is having his best career season on the Jazz this season averaging 21.1 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, 4.3 assists per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, and 35.1% shooting behind the arc.
Bringing Jordan Clarkson To Milwaukee?
Clarkson recently turned down a contract extension from his current team, the Utah Jazz. This shows the possibility he’d rather play for a contender. Clarkson is a former Sixth-Man of the Year winner, who can absolutely get a bucket at any time. There’s some concern about what the Bucks would need to give up to acquire this player. Some feel the team will need to give up Grayson Allen which most likely would hurt some wing depth for the team. But, with Clarkson having the ability to opt out of his contract for the summer and recent news of turning down an extension, the Jazz might need to trade him while they can. The ideal deal for most Bucks fans to acquire Clarkson would be giving up veteran George Hill, 24-year-old Jordan Nwora, and some draft capital. The package might not be enticing enough for the Jazz to pull the trigger, but the team is running out of options and a team like the Bucks would not pass up the opportunity in bringing in the 30-year-old.
Clarkson truly would be perfect for the Bucks, especially the addition of have another premier scorer. Last year at times in the NBA Playoffs the scoring seem to be an issue with Khris Middleton not playing. With the uncertainty of Middleton being healthy this season, adding another scorer would also offer some stability incase another further injury popped up for Middleton this season. Yes, Quickley or Reddish would be very nice to acquire as well, as they are both younger prospects. But, in reality the Bucks need someone who can flat out score the ball, not just hit open three pointers. The team does in fact have plenty of consistent shooters on the team already and Clarkson is not a half bad shooter himself averaging 2.7 three pointers made per game on 35.1 %!
Trade talks have intensified for Cam Reddish as of late and the Bucks would benefit from acquiring the former Duke stand out no doubt. Though between the two potential deals, Bucks fans, does the team need more upside for the rest of the season with Clarkson or long-term where 23-year old Cam Reddish might be a better fit? That is the question to answer as the February 9th NBA Trade Deadline date inches closer. Some of Bucks’ elite players are getting older but the championship window only remains opened for so long, so time will tell as the clock continues to tick.