The NBA 2022 trading deadline is approaching, and everyone wants to know what defending champion Milwaukee Bucks might have in store. There was little mention of foreign currency in the rumor mill, leaving fans in the dark about what they might be up to. While we wait and see, we’ve got the Behind the Buck Pass crew together to discuss all things Bucks and the trade deadline.
If any, what region would you like to see the Milwaukee Bucks title in on the NBA 2022 trade deadline and why?
Dalton Sale (sell_dalton): The obvious answer to this is the middle position, and rightly so. Dollars in position have run out this season with Brock Lopez losing time and the team’s decision to release DeMarcus Cousins after 17 tough games. While they should be in the market for a larger volume, another position that should be of interest is the point of backup protection. George Hill failed to live up to expectations throughout his second term in Milwaukee, and his suffering was worrisome. It seems unlikely that they’ll be ready to tackle the guard a second time, but if it means getting a promotion to lead the bench, it’s worth considering. However, a strong backup or forward center will help tremendously.
Bradshaw Furlong (@omgbradshaw): There has been a lot of talk about a center or reserve guard being the Bucks’ biggest need, but I think filling in that kind of “PJ Tucker, big defending winger” would be what I want to see them tackle the most. They have a few quality wing defenders already off the bench (Wesley Matthews, Pat Connaughton) but having someone who can open up the Giannis squad in the center is high on my wish list.
Jake Weinbach (@JWeinbachNBA): I’d like to see Milwaukee trade a large spare wing or a versatile wing that can be effective on both ends of the floor. The Bucks could already feel the missing impact of DeMarcus Cousins, who was waived before his secured contract date a few weeks ago, so having someone who can fit into this role as an instrumental big one who would boost supplement turnover would be an ideal move. Additionally, we still don’t know how badly Brooke Lopez is injured or when exactly he will be back. The Bucks have kept his rehab from back surgery somewhat private, and if he can’t make it back this season, it makes it all the more important to seal a deal for another trustworthy striker or position. Another option might be a versatile wing that can defend multiple positions and shoot at an effective rate to give Bucks more flexible spin options, especially when switching defensively.
Michael Wood (@wood4_michael): In general, the bench. No bench help. With Pat Connaughton in the doldrums since Covid, the Bucks haven’t had a shot off the bench (since Jordan Nwora for some reason isn’t playing). However, the biggest problem and the only area that needs to be addressed: a big man. Forward or center force for rebound. With big man Bobby Portes in the starting lineup due to the year-long injury to Brock Lopez, the Bucks didn’t have any offensive reinforcement off the bench either. The Bucks literally didn’t have a backup on the bench after Demarcus Cousins was released (a decision I still disagree with).
Jakejmaier (@jakejmaier): I think the most important position that needs to be filled right now is the position of the center. With Brock Lopez absent, frame protection went down. Formations with Giannis at the Five are effective, but they won’t be sustainable for an extended period of time on a game-by-game basis. If the Bucks can find a strong position at the moment, they will be able to take a huge step forward in protecting their edge. Musharraf mentioned it to be another guard. George Hill hasn’t been as reliable as fans had hoped this season, so another piece to add depth in the guard will be invaluable.
Adam Zipan (@azip70): Two areas that the Bucks need on the trade deadline are a reserve position and a reserve point guard to handle the ball. With Brook Lopez out until at least March, the Bucks don’t have a real backup center that can protect the edge. Relinquishing DeMarcus Cousins in terms of scoring and rebounding off the bench has already left the Bucks weak in fifth. The Bucks can also use their PG as a backup, as they need another ball handler when Holiday and Hill aren’t on the field. They can’t count on Middleton and Giannis to bring the ball to such possessions, because sometimes they are prone to spinning with sloppy, careless and slow passes. Trey Burke comes to me where he can also deliver a punch off the bench, as George Hill is having a low year from a shooting perspective.
Lucas Valend (@reallucaso345): One area I would like to see the Bucks address on their deadline is the Reserve Points Guard location. While I see George Hill for some weird reason +/- silly stats, he doesn’t seem to have done much to help the team this season. I don’t currently see the team winning the championship if George Hill is Jrue Holiday’s support plan. Unless they plan to use DiVincenzo on 1 instead of 2, there really isn’t an internal solution, and even that one sounds like a terrible idea. Even if Horst isn’t able to make a deal for PG, there should be some good options in the acquisition market, hopefully better than Jeff Teague from last season.
Tyler Schickert (@tschicket13): I want to see Bucks title edge protection, the Bucks are missing from Brook Lopez. Bobby Portez has taken a step forward defensively but still isn’t blocking shots. While losing the Hawks and both Hornets, guys like Trae Young and the LaMelo Ball were getting easy floats, the Bucks needed a guy to rival those looks.