Milwaukee Bucks: Checking in on previously rumored trade targets

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Checking in on previously rumored Milwaukee Bucks’ trade targets — J.J. Redick

Milwaukee’s interest in J.J. Redick dates back to December of 2019, where he was listed as a potential trade target by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

When that news was fresh, the guard would have been a perfect fit for the Bucks, given his sharpshooting prowess. The Bucks will take all the floor spacing they can get, and adding one of the most consistent shooters in league history would have made a sizeable difference.

However, over a year later, it is a far different story. The 36-year-old is currently having the worst season of his lengthy career as he’s putting up just 7.9 points per game while shooting 35.9 percent from the floor and 34.7 percent from behind the arc. This season marks the first time Redick has ever shot below 40 percent from downtown in his career, and he has been entirely out of sync.

Numbers like that should not be appealing to the Bucks, who depend heavily on the long-ball. Furthermore, Redick’s expiring $13 million salary would be a challenging one to absorb for the Bucks, given their limited financial flexibility. They would likely have to part ways with several key pieces on this roster, most notably Brook Lopez, to make a deal work, and that seems unrealistic, given how poorly the guard has played this season.