Milwaukee Bucks: Five realistic trade targets for team to pursue

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The upcoming trade deadline appears to be on everyone’s mind as the Milwaukee Bucks head into the All-Star break with a 22-14 record.

After shaking up the roster this offseason and getting mixed results throughout this first part of the regular season, the front office might not be done retooling this roster just yet. The team has been linked to several intriguing candidates in the rumor mill in recent weeks, and they could be active before the March 25 deadline.

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Of course, fans should not get their expectations too high with hopes for a sizeable move as Milwaukee’s trade for Jrue Holiday this offseason has left them with little to no assets at their disposal.

Still, despite the challenges that come along with it, the team could potentially put their bid in for several notable players to boost their depth and improve this roster further.

With that being said, here are five potential trade candidates that the Milwaukee Bucks could realistically target in the coming weeks.

First realistic trade target for the Milwaukee Bucks — Wayne Ellington, Detroit Pistons

The Bucks are always in the hunt for more shooting, and veteran guard Wayne Ellington from the Detroit Pistons would certainly give them a boost in that area.

Ellington is currently shooting a career-high 43.3 percent on 6.4 attempts from behind the arc this season, lighting it up from deep. The guard would be a great addition to Milwaukee’s bench that is already shooting the second-highest percentage from deep in the association.

Furthermore, Ellington is one of the more affordable trade targets on the market for a team deprived of financial flexibility like Milwaukee. Making just around $2.6 million this season before he is set to become a free agent, the Bucks could piece together a deal to bring the sharpshooter aboard relatively easily.

The Pistons have already shifted to a full-blown youth movement this season by trading away veteran guard Derrick Rose and recently buying out former All-Star Blake Griffin. With Ellington recently turning 33 years old, they could look to move him for the right return ahead of the deadline to get even younger, and Milwaukee should be in hot pursuit.