The standings in both conferences after one month look somewhat strange for a few teams. In the Eastern Conference, the Bucks and Wizards are both disappointing. Those teams were picked by many to make the playoffs, but are currently — and surprisingly — on the outside looking in. Over in the Western Conference, the Rockets and Pelicans both can be found near the bottom of the standings.
Obviously, some offseason moves will pan out and some won’t for a variety of reasons, but it’s a bit early to start declaring “hits” and “misses.” With that in mind, teams that were picked to contend that are currently struggling should theoretically be able to turn things around. However, most of the aforementioned teams have few weaknesses and a trade that would fill any small holes and would expedite such a process.
The Bucks have the potential to swing a trade, fix what is not working and get back on track. It’s obvious that Milwaukee is lacking its defensive edge from last season. With Greg Monroe, the Bucks can win now and are still built for the future (they own their future first round picks). It wouldn’t take much to turn things around this season; perhaps acquiring someone who can help defensively on the interior would do the trick.
Here’s the question for today: Which struggling team would benefit the most with a trade and why?
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