The Milwaukee Bucks ended their season rather unfortunately in a gentleman's sweep against the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs. In five games, the Bucks looked outplayed and outcoached on both ends of the floor. Despite having the MVP in Giannis Antetokounmpo for the first three games, the Bucks were completely beat down. This has sparked rumors that Giannis Antetokounmpo might be looking elsewhere to take his exceptional talents and compete for a title.
But the Bucks can save their future and Giannis Antetokounmpo's legacy by keeping him in Milwaukee. By making two blockbuster deals, the Bucks can position themselves to compete for an NBA title by surrounding Giannis Antetokounmpo with two exceptional guards. Here are the trade packages that will land Derrick Rose and Zach LaVine to join Giannis in Milwaukee.
Swapping Point Guards With Detroit
Trade Package: Eric Bledsoe for Derrick Rose and John Henson
For the Pistons, it is only a matter of time before they lose Derrick Rose. Teams such as the Lakers and Clippers have been rumored to be in the running for him, and neither team can offer much in return for him. Rose, at this point in his career, is a fringe All-Star and a great point guard who can shoot and pass.
At the very least, they should replace some of his scoring and numbers with a capable point guard. Bledsoe, with his 14.9 PPG and 5.4 APG averages, comes close. Rose put up 18.1 PPG and 5.6 APG which is All-Star numbers, but Detroit won't lose too much as Bledsoe made 2 All-NBA Defensive Teams and is a fantastic defensive player.
For Milwaukee, they can save Giannis Antetokounmpo by getting an All-Star caliber point guard who can run the offense exceptionally well and also score the ball when needed. Rose is very effective as a 2nd or 3rd option on offense this season, something Giannis clearly needs. The Bucks base their entire offense on Giannis, which great teams can counter by building a wall in the paint.
Outside of Middleton, who is great as a spot-up shooter, nobody on Milwaukee can initiate the offense. Bledsoe is a defensive specialist who cannot offer much on offense, despite his decent scoring average. Derrick Rose, alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo, is a legitimate 20 PPG scorer at least. Rose and Giannis will give defenses fits because neither can be defended with one player, especially when feeling hot and is a clear upgrade to Bledsoe.
Adding Athleticism and Potential To Save Giannis
Trade Package: Khris Middleton for Zach LaVine and Tomas Satoransky
This trade gives the Bulls an All-Star swingman who can shoot and defend better than most players in the league right now. Middleton has blossomed into quite an effective player and is an excellent player in the modern NBA. While Middleton is not a superstar, he is a good enough player to get a nice return for Zach LaVine who might be leaving soon. There are rumblings about LaVine and trade requests because he is wasting his talents in a very poor team in the East. The Bulls can regroup with Middleton by replacing some offense and actually adding defensive capabilities.
For the Bucks, they get an ultra-athletic guard who can score the lights out. While LaVine is not the defender Middleton is, he is much more potent offensively and can drop 30 points with ease when he is feeling himself. The athletic guard is averaging 25.5 PPG this season, showing improvements as a scorer and shooter.
LaVine is a player that can help Giannis on offense, rather than forcing him to do everything by himself. Middleton is a nice player, but LaVine is a guy who can create for himself and adds a nice dimension to the offense. Especially on the fast break, LaVine will be an absolute beast next to Giannis. Satoransky adds some more size and shooting to make up for Middleton, so this is a trade Milwaukee should consider.