Milwaukee Bucks: 7 Potential Trades Worth Considering

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Nov 30, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Denver Nuggets forward

Will Barton

(5) drives for the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard

Jerryd Bayless

(19) in the second quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Often when a team is rebuilding they can stumble across players who it turns out are actually better than they ever could have imagined. The play of Will Barton in Denver this year is the prime example.

Barton is averaging 16.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this season with the Nuggets, and is shooting just below 40 percent from beyond the three-point line. Barton is signed on a three-year deal worth just over $3 million a season, and with his current production that makes him an incredibly valuable asset for Denver.

Still, that’s not to suggest that the Nuggets can’t be convinced to part ways with Barton. They are a long way away from a point of playoff contention again, and have their own priorities of youth development for the coming years. With Danilo Gallinari signed until 2017-18, and Wilson Chandler until 2018-19, would the Nuggets prefer more flexibility for future assets right now?

There’s every chance the answer to that would be a no, but the Bucks should test that resolve. Jerryd Bayless would offer a steady presence at point guard with a little bit more left to offer than Jameer Nelson, and he could help Emmanuel Mudiay through to the end of the season.

The Bucks could offer up a couple of second round picks with Bayless’ expiring, satisfying any desire the Nuggets might have for adding more young talent to build with, or who knows, considering that Milwaukee were willing to give up a first rounder for Greivis Vasquez, possibly a future first for a young talented wing like Barton wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility.

Barton would give the Bucks some much needed shooting, greater flexibility in their rotations, and a young auxiliary starter or sixth man type player worthy of development alongside their pre-existing core.

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