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Report: Bucks Trading Up to Pick No. 36

Milwaukee sends a 2030 second rounder and cash to Orlando

2023 NBA Draft Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Just when we hit the 25–40 range—the area the Bucks were rumored to be interested in trading into—we got word from Woj that GM Jon Horst has indeed swung a deal to acquire a pick in that range:

Orlando has plenty of cap space this offseason, which means they can receive a player and his salary without sending any outgoing salary to match it. That presents the possibility that Milwaukee is trading a current player down to Florida. They also could be sending their sole draft choice this year to Orlando as part of the deal.

We’ll update this story as we know more, but for now, get ready for a pick in the next hour!

UPDATE: Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel reports that the Bucks will send their 2030 second-round pick—which will become officially eligible to be traded once the draft ends—to the Magic plus cash considerations in exchange for the pick.

Since teams aren’t allowed to trade picks more than seven years in advance, it seems likely that Orlando will make the selection on Milwaukee’s behalf and Adam Silver Mark Tatum will announce it as Orlando’s pick, but the trade won’t be official until later. Just nine spots away from a new Buck...