There’s certainly risk here. Michael Beasley is loaded with the potential to be great. His physical frame and 25/10 line per 36 minutes last season speak to that.
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But he’s never been able to put it all together for an entire season. If Beasley has really gotten his act together, this trade was an absolute home run. If he stays out of trouble off the court (which should be easier in Milwaukee than it was in Miami) and doesn’t take all of the shots, he’ll be fine.
If he does one or both of those things, though, this trade could end up going south. The actual cost of the trade was relatively low, so as long as Beasley doesn’t tank the team himself or negatively impact Giannis and Jabari it likely wouldn’t be a complete disaster.
In a vacuum, it was a good deal. Ennis wouldn’t have done much for the Bucks this season, and the Bucks have needed forward depth since the end of the 2014-15 season.
NBA basketball isn’t played in a vacuum though, and there’s a real chance Beasley makes the Bucks worse than they were without him. Still, the upside is there and the actual trade cost was low. Taking a shot on Beasley is a risky move, but it could work out.
We thought gambler John Hammond was out of the casino, but he just put a whole lot of chips on red. Let’s see how it works out.
Overall Trade Grade: B