BTBP Roundtable: Trades On The Horizon?

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Feb 25, 2015; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward

Carlos Boozer

(5) reacts during the second half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. The Lakers won 100-97. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

3. What are the pros and cons of the Bucks potentially going after Caron Butler and Carlos Boozer?

AM: If both were to merely settle into back of the bench supporting roles, there could be a whole list of positives: veteran experience/leadership, more shooting, and greater rotational depth. The reality is that both players would likely want minutes, and in an already poor season, the team would be better focused on nurturing young talent.

TW: Pros: (cricket noises)

Cons: overpaying in a trade for Butler or in salary terms for Boozer, taking even more minutes and shots away from the young guys on this team, making the Bucks defense even worse, if that’s even possible.

JT: Both players will provide veteran leadership. It’s clear the team realizes that the team needs a guiding voice in the locker room as well as trying to rectify the moves that made in the off-season. Where I get concerned is that a roster spot needs to be cleared in order for either of those players to come to the team. Not only that, but are either of them useful for any team at this point? Butler’s shooting will be a plus, but that will also come at the expense of someone’s playing time. I’m just very wary of the upside of any move at this point.

RF: Pros: Veteran leadership that may come in and play a similar role that Ersan, Dudley, and Zaza held last season; some more voices in the locker room to keep younger guys grounded; screams of “AND-1” per game will skyrocket to league leading levels.

Cons: Sacrifice minutes of some of the younger (though unproven & perhaps mediocre) talent on the roster; alienate fanbase with a pair of on-the-surface “win now” moves; simply don’t get much in the way of on-court production from either player to justify their place on the roster.

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