According to various reports, the Bucks have been involved with the Brooklyn Nets in discussions centered around guard MarShon Brooks.
First, Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted that the Bucks had turned down the Nets’ offer of Brooks and Kris Humphries for Ersan Ilyasova.
Nets have made play this week for Milwaukee’s Ersan Ilyasova, I’m told, but their trusty Kris Humphries/MarShon Brooks bundle was rejected
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 21, 2013
Then Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times noted that the Nets have been shopping Brooks, and that Milwaukee was one of multiple suitors for the underutilized guard.
A decent chance MarShon Brooks will be dealt. He has been mentioned in trade talks with Hawks, Celtics and Bucks.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) February 21, 2013
It’s not hard to see why the Bucks turned down the initial offer. Ilyasova has converted over 50% of his three-point field goal attempts since Dec. 1.
The Nets seemingly want to make a trade, but a combination of big contracts and thin talent has reduced most of their offers to Brooks and Humphries — an offer that they have pitched to multiple teams, sometimes packaged with a first-round pick.
While Brooks is a young talent who has been relegated to a marginal role sign the Nets acquired Joe Johnson, Humphries’ primary value lies in the fact that his sizable $12 million per season deal expires at the end of next season.
The Bucks could be a team that could use Brooks, since their current guard rotation only goes three players deep: Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, and Beno Udrih.
In an odd twist, the Bucks got a close view of Brooks in the past two days during a home-and-home series with Brooklyn. In the two games, Brooks scored nine points (on six shots) in 11 minutes of action, though he did quickly pickup four fouls in the Nets’ win over Milwaukee Wednesday.
For the season, Brooks is averaging 5.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in roughly 11 minutes per game, while converting 46.5% of his shots from the field.