Milwaukee Bucks: 3 reasons to pursue a trade for Nemanja Bjelica

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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Sacramento Kings: Nemanja Bjelica
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Second reason the Milwaukee Bucks should trade for Nemanja Bjelica — Adding frontcourt depth

If there is one area that the Bucks could look to bring in some help at before the trade deadline, it would appear to be the frontcourt. They were already reportedly in the running for veteran P.J. Tucker prior to Thursday’s news, and now they are looking at another player at the same position in Bjelica.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, and Bobby Portis are Milwaukee’s three man rotation, leaving the backup power forward position primarily vacant. The Bucks do have fourth-year forward D.J. Wilson sitting at the end of the bench, but with him logging just 99 total minutes this season, mostly during mop-up duty, it appears that the ship has sailed on him.

If the team is looking to bring in a veteran to provide some size in the frontcourt, their interest in Bjelica is beyond feasible. Standing at 6’10” and weighing in at 234 pounds, the Serbian international would be a versatile addition in the frontcourt for head coach Mike Budenholzer to utilize in the rotation to give the team more size.

Fans have been clamoring for the Bucks to unleash two-way rookie Mamadi Diakite, but even as the team recalled him from the G League recently, it seems that they want to go the route with an experienced player. If so, Bjelica unquestionably fits the bill and could help fill out this team’s somewhat thin frontcourt depth behind Antetokounmpo and Lopez.