Trade No. 3 to help the Milwaukee Bucks acquire Dennis Schröder
The final trade between the Bucks and Celtics is interesting because it could patch two needs for the defending champions. In addition to acquiring Schröder to upgrade at the backup point guard position, they could bring in Juancho Hernangomez alongside him to bolster their size.
The Bucks have endured Brook Lopez’s absence in every game aside from the season opener due to his back issues, and he will not be back in the near future. With typical sixth man Bobby Portis starting in his place, the front office signed DeMarcus Cousins to back him up in December, which quickly paid dividends as the center played great basketball.
Despite how well Cousins fit off the bench, the team waived him before his contract would have been guaranteed last week, a move that shocked many. The Bucks have struggled to replace Cousins’ production, and someone like the 6-foot-9 Hernangomez could add another big body to the bench brigade.
Considering that Hernangomez is playing a mere 5.3 minutes per game this season, the Celtics should be eager to move what remains of his $6.2 million salary before the deadline, especially if they can do it in a package deal for Schröder. The Bucks could offer both DiVincenzo and Hill due to their salaries, but also included Rodney Hood ($2.2 million) to take in both Celtics. Doing so would be killing two birds with one stone by adding a point guard and serviceable backup big man.
The Bucks could use a new backup guard, and Schröder seems to be the most realistic option.