With the Bucks off until Friday and the NBA's trade deadline fast approaching on Thursday, there's little doubt where our attention will be focused this week. After weeks of discussion regarding the fit of Greg Monroe, the future of Michael Carter-Williams and the fate of the Bucks' veteran expiring contracts, we're now just 96 hours from knowing if the Bucks will make a deal. Here's the latest:
Stein: Jabari Parker and Greg Monroe "not being made available" | ESPN
A week after the first reports emerged that the Milwaukee Bucks were open to moving Monroe, ESPN's Marc Stein says, well, not so fast. Via his latest ESPN report on Monday:
Sources say that Bucks center Greg Monroe, contrary to recent speculation, is not being made available. Despite the Bucks' 22-32 struggles in Monroe's first season in Milwaukee, they're not looking to surrender their marquee free-agent newcomer before he completes his first season in town.
The Bucks, sources say, are also turning aside the calls they're getting on young forward Jabari Parker, who continues to recover from ACL surgery, but point guard Michael Carter-Williams is undeniably gettable.
I don't think a Monroe deal was ever likely, but this would certainly suggest it's less so than previously. On the flip side, I'm not sure why Monroe wouldn't be available at some price unless the Bucks a) got the sense that he wouldn't return quality assets or b) they're simply holding out to avoid lowball offers. Which reminds me: the wording of these reports is always the source of infinite interpretation. Does "not being made available" mean the Bucks are hanging up the phone when anyone asks about him? Are they listening but not aggressively shopping him? I won't pretend to know.
What appears less open for interpretation is Stein's reference to MCW, who appears to have fallen out of favor with Jason Kidd and company despite still have 16 months before he hits restricted free agency. Though he's certainly had his moments, he's now been benched twice so far this season, and it's not clear he's taken his medicine with the same eagerness as Monroe. However, what that means for the Bucks' prospects of trading him isn't terribly obvious. Unlike Monroe, it's not clear how many teams would even consider him a starter, so it's difficult to imagine the Bucks recouping anywhere the likely lottery pick that they could have had from Phoenix a year ago in the three-way deal that sent Brandon Knight to the Suns and netted the Sixers a top-three protected Lakers pick.
Milwaukee Bucks top trade targets, assets | ESPN Insider
It's not a rumor roundup per se, but Bradford Doolittle's trade deadline primer is still excellent reading. As part of ESPN's series suggesting potential trade targets for each team, Doolittle highlights Jeff Teague and Jrue Holiday as potential upgrades over Michael Carter-Williams, while pegging Miles Plumlee as the Buck most likely to be dealt. Holiday and Teague certainly have plenty of appeal for a Bucks team looking for steadier hand at the point, though the issue of price figures to be a major stumbling block. Neither Atlanta nor New Orleans will be eager to give away either guy, while Holiday's history of lower leg problems could make him both more attainable and less desirable than he'd otherwise be. Don't expect MCW alone to be close to enough for either guy, but both have their own appeals and are signed through next season.
NBA Trade Rumors: Bucks Want Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova
In easily the least sexy trade rumor ever, ESPN's Brian Windhorst (apparently) suggested the Bucks "would love" to acquire Matthew Dellavedova during his weekly radio show in Ohio. It's not clear if this was intended to suggest the Bucks have actually attempted to acquire Delly or if he's just projecting his own view of the situation, but it doesn't seem particularly likely either way. Having signed a second one-year deal that automatically gives him the ability to veto trades.
So, what if the Milwaukee Bucks called asking for Matthew Dellavedova? According to Brian Windhorst, the Bucks "would love to have Delly." Windhorst made the comments on his "Hey, Windy!" radio show, which airs on ESPN Cleveland.
A trade is unlikely this season, mainly because Dellavedova has a no-trade clause in his contract. He’s on a winning team that’s probably going to play deep into the playoffs. The more Delly moments we get during the playoffs will only boost his value this summer…which will probably lead to a lucrative signing.