The Milwaukee Bucks may need a big shakeup before the trade deadline if they want to compete for another NBA title. Or at least, their current four-game skating would have us believe it.
Milwaukee not only has a four-game losing streak, but is also experiencing one of basketball’s worst months under Mike Budenholzer. Surprisingly, they struggle the most when Giannis Antetokounmpo is on the field (that’s another day’s story).
Today’s story is about researching the NBA for potential trading targets. Both of these players are available from their respective teams AND have salaries that can be covered by Milwaukee on a deal. Who and what the Bucks send back is beyond the scope of this series.
After checking out the 10 guards that might be available for trade, here are 12 forwards and/or wingers.
Will Barton, Wing
If Washington is looking to increase line-up depth, the Bucks could potentially interest them in a two- or three-for-one deal in exchange for Barton. The senior wing is having a bad season offensively, but can provide Milwaukee with good shots. It also has the body the Bucks are looking for in a spare wing.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, Wing
The Bucks are clearly influenced by Bogdanovic as they tried to get him before the NBA blocked them. He came back last month after missing the first 22 games of the season and is playing very well. It’s a sniper from behind the arc and would add smash and shot creation to the Bucks as it was adequate in pick-and-roll games. His defense would be the biggest question mark. Matching salary would be difficult.
Josh Hart, Wing
Hart would be an interesting addition to the Bucks. The trio doesn’t shoot the ball very well and doesn’t shoot often. It is more of a grinder around the basket and gives them additional durability. He can also hold his own on defense, where he will get the most attention from Milwaukee.
Kelly Oubre, Wing
Oubre is a prime trade candidate for the Bucks if Charlotte is willing to sign him. He would provide good defense and greatness on the flank, allowing Jrue Holiday to focus more on offense. He has the air and attitude to be welcomed in Milwaukee. The downside: He shoots a lot of three-pointers (7.4 tries per game) with a low success rate (30.8 percent). I trust Budenholzer to lead it.
Dorian Finney-Smith, Forward
There’s no word on what’s going on in Dallas, but Milwaukee should call about Dorian Finney-Smith if they decide to blow it up and rebuild it around Luka Doncic. Finney-Smith provides good defense and does all the little things. He can join Giannis Antetokounmpo in the small ball lineup, or he can slide down and play a trio next to him.
Bojan Bogdanovic, Forward
Bogdanovic’s salary presents a rough road to any trade, but he’s said to be available, so I’ve included him on this list. He’s a tough, stubborn player on both sides of the court and can provide good support for the Bucks. However, he might look a little too much like Joe Ingles.
Taurus Prince, Striker
The Minnesota Timberwolves are as unpredictable as anyone, and it’s unclear what they’re going to do while they’re sleepwalking this season. Prince still has two years on his contract and is currently dealing with a shoulder injury that will keep him away for at least another week. Still, he’s a provocative candidate in the forward position, given his defensive toughness and offensive efficiency.
Jae Crowder, Forward
We talked about Jae Crowder and his nausea and there’s not much to say. Teams seem surprised by his reluctance to play for a championship contender and are wondering what it would mean for him to join their roster.
Justise Winslow, Forward
Winslow is currently out with an ankle injury and that will keep him out until mid-January, making any potential trade-offs unlikely at this point. When healthy, he’s an intriguing mix of playmaking and defense from the forward position. It would bring a new flair to the Bucks.
Doug McDermott, Forward
McDrmott is the Bucks man if they’re just looking for someone to buy McBuckets. He’s an outside flamethrower and savvy enough to score points from other areas on the field. It doesn’t provide any defense and will be a great target from that point of view.
Kyle Kuzma, Forward
Kuzma’s name has spent a lot of time amid trade rumors this season. His salary could work in a trade with the Bucks and he has a player option for 2023.
Pascal Siakam, Forward
I saved the best for last. For Siakam, any trade means either Khris Middleton or Holiday must be disbanded. I don’t think the Bucks and Raptors are willing to make such a big change. However, this is beyond the scope of the article. It has been reported that Siakam can be bought at the right price and would fit well on offense and defense alongside Antetokounmpo.