With less than a month until the 2022 NBA trade deadline, everyone is keeping a close eye on how the Milwaukee Bucks may look to improve their roster.
One player that has been caught up in a flurry of rumors and speculation in the months leading up to this point has been Donte DiVincenzo, who is no stranger to such things. It all started when the guard was believed to be heading to the Sacramento Kings in a sign-and-trade for sharpshooting two-guard Bogdan Bogdanovic during the 2020 offseason. However, that deal fell apart because of tampering rules, which landed DiVincenzo back in Milwaukee for the 2020-21 season.
Where do Donte DiVincenzo and the Milwaukee Bucks stand leading up to the 2022 NBA trade deadline next month?
In the present day, DiVincenzo finds himself in an incredibly awkward position with the franchise that drafted him. As the guard recovered from season-ending ankle surgery this past offseason, the Bucks traded for what some believe to be DiVincenzo’s replacement in Grayson Allen, whom they immediately handed a contract extension as well. In the five games he has played in since returning in December, DiVincenzo has fought for minutes off the bench with Pat Connaughton and Wesley Matthews. Moving forward, he may be the odd man out as the rotation shrinks as Allen has found his niche as a starter, while Connaughton and Matthews have both played vital roles for the champs this season.
If the Bucks are looking to make any moves before the deadline, moving DiVincenzo seems like it would be feasible. Set to hit restricted free agency following the season, the Bucks made it clear that they may not want to pay the guard after they handed Allen big money. Considering that a team can acquire those rights and get a 24-year-old that has shown glimpses of potential since coming into the league in 2018, DiVincenzo could be Milwaukee’s most desirable trade asset this season. It would make sense for the champs to consider moving him in the right deal, and here are three packages that could fit the billing.