A summer following their devastating Conference Finals loss to the Raptors, the Bucks are licking their wounds and planning for their next phase of attack.
They will have to do so without their key young point guard Malcolm Brogdon and within an ever-strengthening Eastern Conference.
But don't expect Giannis and the Bucks to just rollover. In fact, they might already have a plan in place that involves acquiring a talented shooter from Dallas. In an article by Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, he suggests a trade between the Bucks and Mavericks that would see Tim Hardaway Jr. end up in Milwaukee for George Hill, Ersan Ilyasova, and Donte DiVincenzo.
“After ranking fourth in offensive efficiency last season, they struggled with consistency around Giannis Antetokounmpo in the playoffs. Khris Middleton averaged fewer points per game on worse shooting, while Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe morphed into sub-30 percent three-point shooters. Not to mention the shallower roster after the offseason departures of Malcolm Brogdon and Nikola Mirotic. Hardaway wouldn’t erase that concern, but he’d be another ignitable option to throw at the problem. He averaged at least 17 points and two triples per game in each of the last two seasons. Only 15 other players can say the same.”
With Antetokounmpo, the Bucks will be contenders for the throne this upcoming season. But can they really beat some of those Western elites?
To be at their best, the Bucks need to surround Giannis with shooters to space the floor and give their star room to work. And while giving up three players might seem like a lot for Tim Hardaway, there has never been such so much parity in the league.
The time is now for Milwaukee, and this move could be the piece they need to get them all the way.