The Milwaukee Bucks believe they have a roster built to contend in the Eastern Conference now, but there are still some holes to fill. Here are for players who the Bucks could trade for to fill in those gaps on the roster.
Last week, I was watching my beloved Milwaukee Brewers secure a 3-0 series sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the National League Division Series. I know, I’m starting a Milwaukee Bucks post by talking about baseball, but give me a second to make a point.
The Brewers’ star players certainly played a role in the dominant performance, from presumptive MVP Christian Yelich to strikeout machine Josh Hader, but in every game it was players who the Brewers acquired through trades and unheralded signings that made the difference.
In game one, Mike Moustakas, who was traded to Milwaukee from Kansas City midseason, hit a walk-off single. In game two, 38-year-old catcher Erik Kratz hit a two-run single in a 4-0 win. Kratz spent the majority of his career in AAA before being traded to the Brewers to be a backup earlier in the year.
In game three, Wade Miley, who signed with the Brewers on a minor league deal, pitched 4 and 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, Kratz hit a double and scored a run, and Jesus Aguilar, who also spent the majority of his career in the minor leagues before being traded to Milwaukee last season, hit a home run.
It goes to show that for a team to be successful, especially if they reside in a small market, they’re going to need to find some diamonds in the rough. Teams that want to contend also can’t be complacent and should always be looking to upgrade their roster with trades and shrewd signings that have the potential of paying off come playoff time.
So, to bring this back to the NBA, it got me thinking of what kind of deals the Bucks could make to replicate the success of their Milwaukee brethren?
After plenty of thought and going through numerous failed ideas on the trusty NBA Trade Machine, I arrived at a list of four players the Bucks should look to bring on board this season who could help to push them over the top when the playoffs come around.