Magic Trade No. 45 Pick To Bucks

The Magic have traded their No. 45 pick in today’s draft to the Bucks in exchange for two future second-rounders, the team’s official PR account tweets.

One of the second-rounders headed to Orlando is a Pacers pick and will be conveyed in either 2022, 2023, or 2024. The other is the Bucks’ second-round pick in 2026. Should MVP forward Giannis Antetokounmpo opt to depart Milwaukee next summer, that pick could end up landing fairly high in the second round.

The Pacers owe their 2021 second-round pick to the Nets, but it has 45-60 protection in both ’21 and ’22, meaning it may not change hands until it becomes unprotected in 2023. The Magic will get a Pacers second-rounder one year after the Nets get theirs.

The Bucks appear to be interested in adding second-round picks this year because, due to a CBA quirk, those picks will only count for $898K against both the luxury tax and hard cap if they sign for the minimum. Undrafted rookie free agents, meanwhile, would count for $898K against the cap but about $1.62MM against the luxury tax.

These small savings are imperative for Milwaukee since the Bucks will lack much wiggle room after their Jrue Holiday and Bogdan Bogdanovic trades are finalized and will likely surpass the luxury tax line, approaching their hard cap.

The Magic also hold the No. 15 selection in today’s draft, while the Bucks also have the No. 60 pick. There are conflicting reports on whether or not Milwaukee will also receive the No. 42 pick from New Orleans in the Holiday deal, which is not yet official.

Luke Adams contributed to this report.

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10 thoughts on “Magic Trade No. 45 Pick To Bucks

    • giannisandyelich123

      Giannis is signing his max deal in the next few weeks. Everyone around the league is already moving on from that idea that they can get him

      • It looks less and less likely that is a given. It should be to do these deals, but Milwaukee is acting desperate and the Sacramento deal is blowing up, which affects their other deal.

        I don’t think this is so complicated unless Giannis wants to take his time to consider longer.

  1. jacobsigel1025

    The Bucks better hope that they at least make it to the Finals this year otherwise this is all for nothing and Giannis is gonna dip and they’ll be depleted of depth and future assets

    • mlbnyyfan

      Bucks definitely going all in for Giannis. They are truly desperate and afraid he will leave for possibly Dallas, Miami or hopefully NY.

  2. Loren Polonsky

    There are plenty of decent players out there that the Bucks should be able to get for a pittance (is that the correct word?): Courtney Lee, Harkless, Favors, Roberson, Augustin, Galloway, Morris, Howard and Napier all fit the bill of second-rotation guys who could fill 10-15 minutes per game. Maybe.

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    42 and 45 . They can find a backup Center there. Considering Lopez has left.

    • Yes they can find a backup center in this draft.

      But they won’t find the backup center to be the backbone of a championship team this year. Not by a long shot. They may find a guy who might develop in a few years, but who believes they will find the guy who helps them win now?

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