Here’s your hourly update: no one has been acquired or traded by the Milwaukee Bucks. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, there are still talks on the Internet and in NBA offices about the franchise acquiring forward Josh Smith from Atlanta and/or sharpshooting guard J.J. Redick from Orlando.
From Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard): The Bucks have ruled out including Monta (“Monte,” in Broussard-speak) Ellis in a trade to add Smith to their roster, according to sources. This leak is sure to please Smith, who stated his desire to play with both Ellis and Brandon Jennings, although it would give the Bucks a third “major” player with poor shot selection. A more recent tweet from the ESPN scribe cites unnamed sources saying the race for Redick is also thinning, with Detroit dropping off the list of suitors. Milwaukee is clearly still in contention for both, but whether they are willing to give up the assets necessary to acquire two players with the asking prices of Smith and Redick is questionable.
From David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt): Along with the Pacers, Spurs and 76ers, the Bucks are one of the teams trying hardest to bring in Redick before time expires. Philadelphia is riddled with injuries and San Antonio is trying to find a final piece that makes it a legitimate title contender, but the Pacers and Bucks are in similar positions of needing a verified three-point shooter to space the floor for their current playmakers. On the Smith front, Aldridge also tweeted a reminder that Phoenix may have the upper hand in any trade scenario since Atlanta GM Danny Ferry and Suns GM Lance Blanks previously worked together for two other NBA franchises. The Suns already have a crowded frontcourt, as do the Bucks. The difference is Milwaukee’s current crop of forwards has upside whereas Phoenix’s only worthwhile forward (Luis Scola) cannot be traded.
From Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine): He broke news of the Spurs’ interest in Redick last night, but let slip something directly related to the Bucks this morning: the groundwork of a Beno Udrih-to-Dallas trade has been laid, but if it happens, it won’t be until the last minutes before the deadline in case Milwaukee needs to move Udrih as part of a bigger deal, probably one that makes Smith a Buck. With an already thin backcourt, the Bucks would have to receive a guard — ideally either Rorigue Beaubois or Darren Collison — in return for sending Udrih to the Mavs. Dallas has been shopping for point guards like nobody’s business with unsuccessful attempts to sign Delonte West and Allen Iverson to the Mavs’ D-League counterpart and reported interest in acquiring Jennings, so an Udrih-to-Dallas trade is not too surprising.