The NBA is one of the few leagues where transactions are as popular as the games themselves. So with the trade deadline approaching (Thursday, February 6th, at 2:00pm central time), let this post serve as your one-stop shop for any Milwaukee Bucks news, rumors, whispers, theories, or mentions.
You can keep up with all official trades at this NBA.com page. We’ll update this post regularly with notable tweets and (hopefully) some thoughtful analysis, and keep it near the top of the page through Friday morning.
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(Updates will be posted below the line, and older content will be pushed further down.)
(2:10pm on Thursday, February 6)
Aaaaand we’re done.
No deals at the buzzer for the two top teams in the East right now -- Bucks and Raptors, sources say.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 6, 2020
(11:26am on Thursday, February 6)
The Heat-Grizzlies trade is a done deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski:
Miami has agreed to trade Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters and James Johnson to Memphis for Andre Iguodala, Solomon Hill and Jae Crowder, league sources tell ESPN. No picks in the deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020
The Heat now have Hill and Crowder as useful wing depth on expiring deals and Iguodala as a high-IQ perimeter defender, all without giving up too much of their current stable of contributors. Pat Riley has pushed his chips to the middle of the table.
(11:02am on Thursday, February 6)
Well, maybe never mind about Gallinari.
Memphis and Miami are focusing on a two-team deal on Andre Iguodala, with Miami and Oklahoma City still unable to reach an agreement on a three-team trade that would land Danilo Gallinari with the Heat, league sources tell ESPN. Talks are fluid until 3 PM.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020
It’s gonna be a long day...
(11:01am on Thursday, February 6)
That Miami-Iguodala trade just gets bigger and bigger, per Shams:
Memphis has also sent Solomon Hill to Miami, league source tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. https://t.co/z8lUOEDRmC— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 6, 2020
It’s not immediately clear how Hill ($13.26M, expiring) and Crowder ($7.82M, expiring) will fit under Miami (which is hard-capped right now) salary-wise, but it’s also not over yet, given that the Heat may be still working out how they could reroute those guys to add Danilo Gallinari ($22.6M, expiring) to the mix.
Andre Iguodala agreed to a two-year, $30M extension with Heat, but second year of deal includes team option that gives Heat cap flexibility, per sources. Miami wants space for max player in summer of 2021. https://t.co/7D8zauII8T— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020
Dion Waiters ($12.1M this season, $12.65M next season) on the move?
(8:00am on Thursday, February 6)
And so, another Eastern Conference contender makes a move along the fringes of their roster as the Sixers bolster their depth using their army of 2nd rounders:
Sixers are sending Warriors a 2020 second-round via Dallas, and a 2021 second-round pick via Denver, and 2022 second-round pick via Toronto, league source tells ESPN. https://t.co/Yz4gqhUoj5— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020
(9:02pm on Wednesday, February 5)
It isn’t Bucks news, but it’s sorta relevant:
Sacrameto is trading Dewayne Dedmon to Atlanta for Jabari Parker and Alex Len, sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me. Atlanta also gets two second round picks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020
Rough go of things for Jabari.
(7:24pm on Wednesday, February 5)
Not sure how I missed this, but apparently there’s interest in the Pistons’ Markieff Morris.
Marcus Morris and the Knicks have everyone's attention, but the Pistons have also received calls from multiple contenders for his brother, Markieff Morris.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) February 5, 2020
The Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, Sixers, and Celtics are among those teams interested in Markieff Morris, per league sources.
(7:14pm on Wednesday, February 5)
Ladies and gentlemen, the Bucks have entered the game.
If Kennard gets dealt (don't think he will), mentioned a team to lookout for in here: https://t.co/RbK0vnnZFv— James Edwards III (@JLEdwardsIII) February 6, 2020
(Go to the 0:48 mark of the video). Luke Kennard had previously been linked to the Phoenix Suns, but The Athletic’s James Edwards III mentions Milwaukee as a potential destination. Kennard is still on his rookie deal, and as fan-favorite Kane Pitman points out, there’s enough to like about the former 12th overall pick.
Kennard was averaging 15.8 points and 4.1 assists on 40% from three and 90% from the FT line before the knee injury sidelined him.— Kane Pitman (@KanePitman) February 6, 2020
Using the pick acquired in the Brogdon deal to acquire a smart, sharpshooting guard on his rookie deal would be something. https://t.co/JIjsI0TH8G
Don’t forget, Jon Horst came up with the Detroit Pistons, and the teams have made deals before. Stay tuned...
(6:42pm on Wednesday, February 5)
Despite how quiet the day has been, Shams Charania came out with something that may bolster a prime threat to the Bucks in the East: the Miami Heat getting somewhere on Andre Iguodala.
Miami and Memphis are in advanced discussions for Andre Iguodala to land with the Heat, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 6, 2020
Iggy hasn’t played since being moved to the Memphis Grizzlies (who have been fine without him), and offers perimeter defense and high basketball IQ to whichever contender nabs him. Will it be the Heat?
(5:15am on Wednesday, February 5)
Here I am, practicing good sleep hygiene after a Bucks victory, and Woj drops a big four-teamer that involves Robert Covington and Clint Capela but as the Blogfather notes, it’s relatively low-impact for Milwaukee:
Most interesting aspect of this from a Bucks perspective is that Covington and Capela were moved without impacting any of the teams you'd expect the Bucks might face in the playoffs. Considering where the Bucks are right now, fewer changes to the contender landscape is better. https://t.co/ngS5cjxyPf— Frank Madden (@fmaddenNBA) February 5, 2020
(2:38pm on Tuesday, February 4)
- If you have a membership, Matt Velazquez’s summary of the Bucks’ mindset is worth your time.
“We’ll never do something just to do it," Bucks GM Jon Horst said. "Maybe if you weren’t having success or you needed to kind of shift a culture, shift some momentum and maybe the action itself creates the intended benefit, but that’s not where we’re at."https://t.co/psqovm4Omw— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) February 4, 2020
- Apparently, the Philadelphia 76ers don’t want to trade Al Horford...because of the Bucks.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod (h/t Ky Carlinof USA Today Sixers Wire), the Sixers “don’t want to” trade Horford because of his size and the belief that the combination of Horford and center Joel Embiid gives them the best chance to beat Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs.
Trade deadline primer: big-picture trends, teams to watch, fake trades, rumblings, much more: https://t.co/WgPugWNi4g— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 3, 2020
- Relevant Zach Lowe content, with some mention made of Sterling Brown as a possible trade target for teams interested in the young wing.
Also at the top of the league: Watch Milwaukee. The Bucks have Indiana’s first-round pick and too many rotation guys to play. They are somewhat wary of disrupting their chemistry, but they might also need to show Giannis Antetokounmpo they are all-in. They could make some sort of consolidation trade for another shooter who can swing to power forward. Covington would fit well here, actually.
On a smaller scale, sources say a lot of teams have asked about Sterling Brown — a free agent this summer.
- It’s not a trade deadline without an eyebrow-raising report from Adrian Wojnarowski:
ESPN Sources: Minnesota orchestrating three-team trade talks with Houston and Atlanta -- with hopes of ultimately turning discussions into a four-way deal that brings Golden State G D'Angelo Russell to Timberwolves. https://t.co/YaHunnVWpo— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2020