The NBA trade deadline on Feb. 9 has come and gone, and Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst made another midseason move to improve his team in acquiring Jae Crowder. Since taking over the job in 2017, Horst has made some in-season moves via trade and free agency to bolster the roster:
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ESPN reported on March 2 that the Bucks had emerged as “frontrunners” for the 36-year-old point guard, who most recently played for the Chicago Bulls. Dragić appeared in 51 games for the Bulls, all off the bench, and shot 35.2% from behind the three-point line. He also averaged 2.7 assists in roughly 15 minutes per game.
Analysis: An all-star in 2017-18, Dragić isn’t that player anymore, but he could provide some relief for Jrue Holiday in the backcourt. Dragić is 6-3, so he’s bigger than Jevon Carter as a backup point guard, but at 36-years-old Dragić isn’t going to come in and light up either end of the court. But, he is a player who could get some spot playoff minutes and be up for the pressure, as he has played in 60 playoff games including one Western Conference Final (2010 with Phoenix) and one NBA Finals (2020 with Miami).
Ian Begley, who covers the New York Knicks, reported early Thursday afternoon that the Bucks still had interest in Rose as an additive to Milwaukee’s guard depth.
NBA reporter Marc Stein reported Tuesday night the Bucks have shown interest in the former MVP and current New York Knicks backup point guard. Rose, 34, has played just 26 games for the Knicks and last saw court time on Dec. 31. The veteran’s three-point shot had improved the last two years to 39.4%, but he made just 31.7% before effectively being shut down at the start of the year.
Analysis: A bench player since the 2017-18 season, Rose can still provide a scoring punch and steady influence on offense in spurts. He is in the last year of a contract that pays him $14.5 million, but the Bucks now have some roster space after effectively subtracting three players (George Hill, Serge Ibaka, Jordan Nwora) and adding only one (Jae Crowder). Could Rose be a buyout candidate? Rose will get better three-point looks on offense in Milwaukee and he can still create his own shot in one-on-one situations, and that has been an issue for the Bucks in the postseason.
Although Hill hasn’t played much the last couple months, another bigger point guard behind Jrue Holiday could be helpful to finish out the regular season.
After weeks and weeks of speculation, Jae Crowder is headed to Milwaukeepart of a multi-team deal that sent Serge Ibaka, George Hill and Jordan Nwora to Indiana, with five second-round draft picks also heading to the Nets.
The Bucks have been linked to the 32-year-old former Marquette University player since Crowder and the Phoenix Suns agreed that he would not join the team this year. Crowder has not played yet this season.
Analysis: It makes sense the Bucks had interest in Crowder. He’s a 6-foot-6, 235-pound forward who the Bucks would believe can still defend some of the bigger wing players in the Eastern Conference. Crowder made 34.8% of his three-pointers last season and is a career 34.6% three-point shooter, although he did knock down 38.9% of his threes during the Suns’ NBA Finals run in 2020-21. The question would be how long it takes Crowder to get into game shape after such a long time off, and then being able to transition into new roles in limited minutes off the bench.
Ibaka was part of the trade that brought Crowder to Milwaukee.
The Athletic reported the 33-year-old center and the Bucks have agreed to try and find a place to trade him, and because Ibaka is on board with this idea it makes things easier because he has a no-trade clause. He’s now headed to Indiana as part of the deal to acquire Jae Crowder. Ibaka re-signed this offseason after the Bucks traded for him in February when Brook Lopez was recovering from back surgery, but Ibaka has appeared in just 16 games and played only twice since Nov. 21 due to illness and personal reasons.
The Houston Rockets sent Gordon to the Los Angeles Clippers, with John Wall heading back to the Rockets.
NBA reporter Marc Stein reported the Bucks offered 4 second-round draft picks to Houston for the 34-year-old guard. Gordon is making about $19.5 million this season, so some rostered players would have to have been moved for the deal to work for the Bucks.
The Knicks sent Reddish across the country to Portland for Josh Hart. But it wasn’t just Reddish, as the Knicks also included Svi Mykhailiuk, Ryan Arcidiacano and a first-round draft pick to the Trail Blazers.
The 23-year-old New York Knicks wing has been linked to the Bucks since December and the interest has persisted. The Knicks have reportedly been seeking second-round draft picks to move Reddish, who has not been able to consistently get minutes for the Knicks.
Hoops Hype, a USA TODAY property, linked the Bucks to the Knicks guard in early January. Quickley was not dealt, as he has become a trusted option off the bench for Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau.
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