Updated 2022 NBA trade deadline target list for Milwaukee Bucks

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Milwaukee Bucks: Bobby Portis, Los Angeles Lakers: Dwight Howard
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Updated Milwaukee Bucks’ trade deadline targets – Dwight Howard

With no timetable on Brook Lopez’s potential return following his back procedure available to the public, the Bucks continue to play without a true backup center on the roster. If they are looking to add some size down low behind Bobby Portis, one player that could help is Dwight Howard.

B/R’s Jake Fischer reported that the Los Angeles Lakers have contacted opposing teams to assess the trade value of several players on their roster, including Howard. Although he is no longer the eight-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year that he once was, Howard could be a temporary answer to Milwaukee’s backup center issues if he is available for trade.

The 6-foot-10, 265lb Howard could provide a hulking presence down low to protect the paint and help keep opponents off the glass, both of which have been problems for the Bucks lately. His fit on the offensive end could come into question as most of his damage comes right at the hoop as he is not much of a floor spacer. However, that should not deter the champs from making a move for the future Hall of Famer as he would help them tremendously regardless.

If he is available, absorbing Howard’s $2.6 million salary would be easily achievable for the Bucks. This would be an incredibly low-risk move for the champs as they await news on Lopez. Without a true backup big man on the roster right now, adding one seems like the biggest need for the Bucks leading up to the deadline, and a move like this would solve quite a few problems on impact.