The Milwaukee Bucks must trade Semi Ojeleye before 2022 NBA Trade Deadline
Another free agent signing that had potential written on it was Semi Ojeleye. Known for his tough defense and a passable 3-point shot, those factors would be the blueprint for the forward to carve out a role for himself with the Bucks. Unfortunately, he has not managed to do either consistently with the team, and he too has fallen out of the rotation because of it. He did not even receive any time in Wednesday’s loss against the Toronto Raptors despite the Bucks being down several key players.
It has been a tough year for Ojeleye all-around, as he has already missed considerable time with a calf injury and a stint in the health and safety protocols. Both of those factors could certainly have taken a toll on him as he has had his troubles staying on the floor with consistency. When he has played, Ojeleye has struggled mightily as he is averaging 3.2 points on an abysmal 22.2 percent field goal shooting and 21.6 percent 3-point shooting. The Bucks never expected Ojeleye to be a difference-maker offensively, but these numbers make him a liability on that end. Ojeleye has not impressed enough defensively to justify his sluggish play offensively either.
Considering Ojeleye’s playing time is already minimal, the Bucks will have very little use for him once the rotation is back to full strength. Teams will not likely view him as a coveted trade target, given his lackluster play in Milwaukee this season. Like Hood, Ojeleye’s minimum deal makes him hard to trade by himself, but perhaps he could be part of a bigger package as salary filler.