The Bucks, who surrendered four second-round pick for Nikola Mirotic at the 2019 trade deadline, are exploring a similar approach as they pursue Rockets wing Eric Gordon, Marc Stein reports in his latest Substack article. According to Stein, Milwaukee has pitched four second-rounders to Houston in various trade scenarios involving Gordon, but the Rockets remain focused on getting a first-rounder.
One report over a month ago suggested the Bucks were offering up four second-round picks in a three-team scenario that would send Gordon to Phoenix and Jae Crowder to Milwaukee, which makes more sense from a salary-matching perspective. Acquiring Gordon, whose cap hit is $19.57MM, would be tricky for a Bucks team that doesn’t have any highly paid trade candidates.
Milwaukee’s five players earning eight-digit salaries (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, Brook Lopez, and Bobby Portis) are crucial contributors, so any trade package would likely have to start with Grayson Allen, who is making $8.5MM.
Adding George Hill ($4MM) and Jordan Nwora ($3MM) to Allen would still leave the Bucks about $75K short of the outgoing salary required to take back Gordon, meaning they would have to get creative if they hope to land the veteran shooting guard.
Here’s more from Stein:
- There’s a “rising belief” around the NBA that the Jazz will be open to listening on any players on their roster besides Lauri Markkanen and Walker Kessler at the trade deadline, says Stein. Previous reports, including one from Stein, have indicated Utah would be hesitant to move Jordan Clarkson.
- The Hornets‘ interest in re-signing restricted free-agent-to-be P.J. Washington appears to have risen significantly since last summer, according to Stein. Miles Bridges‘ uncertain NBA future following an alleged domestic violence incident presumably factors into Charlotte’s increased interest in Washington, Stein notes.
- Given that Jae Crowder‘s time away from the Suns is approaching the four-month mark, his potential trade suitors have questions about how long it would take him to get acclimated and to get his conditioning back to 100% if he eventually reports to a team this season, Stein writes.
- Stein also confirms a couple previously reported rumors, writing that Spurs center Jakob Poeltl is expected to seek approximately $20MM per year in free agency this summer and noting that the Heat are among the possible trade suitors for Knicks forward Cam Reddish. Shams Charania of The Athletic cited $20MM as a number to watch for Poeltl, while Ian Begley of SNY.tv has mentioned Miami’s interest in Reddish.
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I’ve actually been wondering how long the Crowder situation would drag on before somebody began raising concerns about his conditioning.
Grayson Allen ($8.5MM), Adding George Hill ($4MM) and Jordan Nwora ($3MM) to Allen would still leave the Bucks about $75K short of the outgoing salary required to take back Gordon, meaning that Bucks would add Ibaka.
Bucks offer 4 second round picks
– 2023 MIL
– 2023 (least favorable of CLE/GSW)
– 2024 MIL
– 2024 POR
POR pick is worth $4 million
GSW pick is worth 3.5 million
The heat are trying to add another none shooting big worth 20m+ , why??
Salary dump for Lowry or Robinson
I think that was just worded terribly. Poeltl is looking for 20 mil a year. Miami is interested in Cam Reddish. Two ideas just both reported by the same reporter.
Too available for trade
Mike Conley, Malik Beasley and Kelly Olynyk
Lakers get Mike Conley, Malik Beasley and Kelly Olynyk
Jazz get Westbrook, Nunn and 2 top-10 protected Firsts
Lakers save $12 million (salary and tax)
Give away the 6th man of the year and your only two first round draft picks for a backup point guard and 2 role players? Almost flagged this comment
Lakers need 3 Jazz shooters
The Jazz have no need for Westbrook, or Nunn, and pretty well set with draft picks. I’m sure they could find better offers Conley, Beasley and Olynyk if they were interested in moving them.
Beasley would be a better 6th man than Russ. Only reason Westbrook would win 6MOTY is the narrative of his willingness to go to the bench after as He’s a future 1st ballot Hall of Famer. At this point 6MOTY should be Brogdon or Portis. He’s still a lousy shooter, turnover prime and horrible on D.
Olynyk would be a good pickup as a big that can stretch the floor. Conley’s a good floor general but they’ve already got one the best of floor generals of all time and Conley’s shooting and D he declined significantly.
Utah doesn’t need Westbrook for any reason other than he’s a free agent at the end of the season. They could still use draft picks though.
If I were Pelinka I’d offer one 2st and Westbrook and if I were Ainge I’d strongly consider it.
Suns are 22-24 and 10th seed right now. Crowder should have been moved long ago. CP3 window is closing. And Suns have been playing chicken with Crowder all yr. All they are doing. Is killing their chances to win a ring with this team.
Crowder isn’t worth what he thinks he is, obviously. I don’t get why the Suns are willing to pay his salary not to play.
“Stein would go on to say the New York Knicks are only seeking second-round compensation for the talented-though-unproven swingman.
We’ll see where Reddish ends up, but that he has now been banished by two different regimes and two separate franchises, it does not speak that highly of his future prospects of succeeding in the NBA.”
As fans we don’t know their true characters. Some players are just not as committed. Also they are still growing up. And getting all kinds of advice.
Cam is talented. Seems he needs to grow up. And NY is not the place. Too bad cause we could really use a 6’ 8” SF.
The DV case was settled, he admitted guilt…
It’s no longer anywhere near the realm of “alleged”…
He reached a plea deal. Didn’t admit guilt.
Hornets have the third worst record in the league, yet they have some decent names of their roster. Surely they are big sellers at the deadline, with the lies of Terry Rozier, Gordan Hayward, Kelly Oubre and Plumblee. They need to be giving more time and opportunities to the young guys like Nick Richards, Mark Williams, James Bouknight, Kai Jones, etc.
This is what I’d try and do….
1. Terry Rozier for Luke Kennard and John Wall.
-Clippers on look out for PG upgrade. Rozier is a great fit as a third scorer behind PG and Kawhi, great defender when locked in and proven playoff performer also.
-Horents, Luke Kennard comes over as your new starting SG. He’s one of the best shooters in the league. This season 46% from 3 and 95% from the FT line. John Wall also serves as the back up PG and can help LaMelo develop his game and can serve as the vet to Bouknight in the second unit backcourt. He’s also a North Carolina native.
2. Kelly Oubre, Mason Plumblee and a second round pick for Evan Fouriner, Cam Reddish, 2023 Dallas Mavs first round pick and 2025 Bucks first round pick.
– Knicks get a SF in Oubre who can be a starter or impact guy off the bench. Provides a little bit of everything be it ball handling, shooting or defence. Mason Plumblee comes over as the Robinson replacement while he’s injured. He’s been balling lately, In his last 10 he’s 16-12-3. When Robinson returns be can compete with Hartenstein for back up minutes. Also gives them 2 expiring deals which they can bring back or spend up on in the offseason. But two good additions for a playoff push. The picks your giving up aren’t amazing either the Dallas pick will be around 20th and the bucks late 20’s in 2025 not to mention you have other more valuable picks.
-Sneaky good deal for the Hornets, Fouriners deal looks terrible but the last year is actually a club option meaning it’s basically a 2 year deal and next year will be expiring same with Gordan Hayward, that’s the same offseason Bron, Harden, AD, Kawhi, PG, Siakim, etc all potentially hit the market so those deals become a lot more valuable. Cam Reddish you take a flyer on for the rest of the season and you bank 2 first round picks aswell for the rebuild.
Finish the season terribly and hopefully you do well in the draft lottery. No matter what happens you’ll be pairing a top 5 prospect with Melo, 50mil+ of expiring deals in a loaded FA class next offseason and 2 additional first round picks and a bunch of decent young role players of your own.
Finish the season looking like
Melo Kennard Hayward Washington Richards
Wall Bouknight Martin McDaniels Williams
Maledon McGowens Reddish Thor Jones
Great deals for the Clippers and Knicks and Hornets well built for the future.
Man if I were the Bucks I would be offering the often injured Middleton to get these trades done. He seems to be unavailable at crucial times for the Bucks.