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2 players the Bucks should trade in the 2022 NBA offseason

A year after winning their first NBA championship in 50 seasons, the Milwaukee Bucks fell short of repeating the challenge. With Giannis Antetokounmpo and his supporting cast providing plenty of highlights, their focus has now shifted to the 2022 NBA offseason, which is likely to see a lot of turnover.

Milwaukee’s big three of Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday and Chris Middleton weren’t as successful last season and struggled with some injuries and inconsistencies. The supporting roster had another good year thanks to Bobby Portis and Pat Connaughton, while Brook Lopez returned last season and played well when he was able to hit the court.

But the Bucks roster needs some work, and through the exchange market, the Bucks roster is likely to get the influx of talent they desperately need.

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2 players the Bucks should trade in the 2022 NBA offseason

2. Grayson Allen

Although the trade was less necessary than Option 1 on this list, Grayson Allen played off the court in the postseason. His play throughout the year was good enough to keep him in the Bucks rotation, but Mike Budenholzer quickly went in the other direction after the three-point shooter failed to tickle the split.

Milwaukee is heavily dependent on three balls, and because Allen couldn’t hit them, he was seen as more of a liability than an asset, and his playing time reflected this. But Allen, who signed a two-year, $20 million extension less than three months after his trade from Memphis, still has good trading value and Milwaukee should take advantage of that.

Tying Allen to 24th overall in this year’s NBA draft, number 1 on this list, or a host of other avenues will help maximize his profits. With just 26 years to rediscover his shooting, Allen can certainly carry his weight for any team he gets transferred to and his contract is more than available.

1. George Hill

Another member of the Bucks backcourt who should be on the move is George Hill, an aging PG who Budenholzer trusts too much in key situations. While the two go back to their days as members of the Spurs, Hill just doesn’t have it at 36 and the Bucks should cut ties with him.

Hill has far less value than what Allen does in the track market, but Hill cheaper than Allen deal and only one year lease. If a team is willing to forgo backcourt shooting and accept Hill’s deal and a couple of sweeteners as a useful option (like Josh Hart), then the Bucks certainly shouldn’t be against the move.

While Antetokounmpo seems very happy with the Bucks and Holiday and Middleton still have contracts for at least this season, Milwaukee should use the trade market to their advantage. General manager John Horst has been known to handle trades in the past, so expect another trade from him this off-season, of course.

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