2022 NBA Trade Deadline Roundtable: What will the Milwaukee Bucks do?

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Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo
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If any, who is one player on the Milwaukee Bucks you think could/should be dealt by the 2022 NBA trade deadline, and why?

Sell: The clear-cut answer is Donte DiVincenzo. The Bucks made it abundantly clear that they will almost certainly not be bringing him back next season after they handed Grayson Allen a lucrative extension before the season. With DiVincenzo set to hit restricted free agency once the season is over, his future in Milwaukee is likely running out. With players like Allen, Pat Connaughton, and Wesley Matthews all playing key roles for the Bucks at a similar position, they would be wise to check DiVincenzo’s value around the league to see if he could be dealt to add assistance at a place of need. Despite his struggles coming off his second season-ending surgery in three years, there could be some value in the 25-year-old across the NBA.

Furlong: I don’t necessarily think they should move Donte DiVincenzo, but it seems pretty clear that he’s the best player who could be moved. They nearly moved him once before for someone that they believed made their roster better and it could certainly happen once again. He’s struggled quite a bit since returning so far, but teams acquiring him will hope he could return to his form from last season and perhaps even improve.

Weinbach: Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye should be moved by the deadline since they shouldn’t be in the playoff rotation for the Bucks. Maybe they’ll pursue cash considerations again? Donte DiVincenzo is the most valuable asset that the Bucks have, but he’ll be a restricted free agent this offseason. It seems unlikely that DiVincenzo will be a Buck past this season after Grayson Allen was given a two-year, $20 million extension, so he could easily be expendable. However, Donte should only be offloaded in a deal for someone that will be in Milwaukee’s playoff rotation without a doubt while not being on an expiring contract.

Wood: How many can I name? Let’s just say Jon Horst did not have a good offseason. Besides the PJ Tucker nonsigning, he signed Semi Ojeleye as a poor man replacement. Ojeleye sits at the end of the bench every night. The hope for a Rodney Hood redemption season did not come to pass either (mildly surprising to me; I was on the Hood bandwagon in the preseason).  Finally, Donte Divincenzo is not the player he was before his injury. In fact, I am confused as to why he even is playing. The only logical reason is the team is hoping he can play well to up his trade value. He is the only asset they have, if he still is an asset, so I presume he will be moved. But the other two guys SHOULD be moved…or even just released.

Maier: Two clear options for players to move at the deadline are Donte DiVincenzo and Jordan Nwora. Donte has been inconsistent upon his return to the team. There is plenty of room to grow in Donte’s future, but he may benefit from a change of scenery. Donte is a valuable asset off the bench and could start for a majority of teams. I could definitely see Donte being the most desirable asset if the Bucks are looking to make a trade. As for Nwora, he will likely be a filler piece if the Bucks were to go for a bigger name such as Myles Turner. Nwora has certainly had success, but if the Bucks are looking to bolster their frontcourt, Nwora may be a filler piece in a trade.

Zippan: I really feel as though the time has come to trade Donte DiVencenzo. Although his trade value has plummeted in limited action so far this year, he’s one of the only two assets on the roster. He’s still very young with plenty of upside. He has made one two point basket all season and still cannot finish at the rim. He’s really struggling with his shot this year as well. On the other side of the ball, he’s still a very good rebounding guard and plays very good defense and still comes up with timely steals. At this point, a change of scenery would do him good. The Bucks can include him as part of a package to get an impact player in return for the playoff run.

Valind: One player on the Bucks that I think could be moved by the deadline is Jordan Nwora. My answer a couple of weeks ago would have been Donte DiVincenzo, but after seeing his recent play, he may not be the most attractive trade piece anymore. Nwora could be seen as an enticing piece in a trade package because of his potential as a scorer. Nwora has had nights where he looks like a guy that could be an incredible scorer and others where he looks like he belongs at the end of the Bucks bench. Nwora’s inconsistency this season has been very frustrating, considering the expectations that many Bucks fans had for him coming into the season. A team might think that they will be able to unlock Jordan Nwora as a consistently good scorer and take him in a package.

Schickert: I think the two guys most likely moved are Donte DiVincenzo and Jordan Nwora. Donte is struggling offensively and a team could be willing to give him a change of scenery to get his defense and hustle on their roster. Nwora is still a very raw prospect but has shown he can shoot, a rebuilding team could be willing to take him in as a spot up shooter.

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