Milwaukee Bucks: Grading the interesting Grayson Allen trade

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What is the grade for the Milwaukee Bucks’ trade for Grayson Allen?

This seems like a pretty good win for the Bucks from an acquisition cost standpoint.

Merrill was a candidate to be waived if they didn’t want to guarantee his contract or if they signed another player this offseason. The guard never quite carved out a role for himself in the rotation during his rookie campaign, and although many believed big things were coming in year two, it will not be in Milwaukee. They added two second round picks after trading back from 31st overall, so they had picks to move as well.

Allen should slot in as someone who can come in, give the Bucks another rotation player, and most be someone who you can trust at both ends during the playoffs as well. As I mentioned, he has a similar profile to DiVincenzo, which gives them another secondary ball-handling option for head coach Mike Budenholzer to have out there when Jrue Holiday is off the floor.

I like the Bucks bench depth a lot right now with the moves they’ve made. They have, at minimum, four reliable bench pieces in Allen, Bobby Portis, Pat Connaughton, and George Hill. I’d like to see them add possibly one more player with size, but if this is the roster they enter the season with, I’m pretty happy with it.

BTBP Final Grade: A

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Welcome to Milwaukee, Grayson!