Assessing a Milwaukee Bucks’ trade package for Daniel Theis

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The Milwaukee Bucks are reportedly eyeing a veteran center before the 2022 NBA trade deadline. According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the Bucks are sniffing around the trade market for a big man before February 10, and one player they have called about is Daniel Theis.

Theis has been linked in trade rumors for several months now, as the 29-year-old has fallen out of the Houston Rockets’ rotation. The Athletic’s Kelly Iko (subscription required) previously reported that multiple teams potentially looking to bolster their frontcourt before the deadline have expressed interest in the big man, and Fischer’s reporting suggests that the Bucks are among those in the conversation.

Given where Milwaukee’s current center rotation stands, it makes sense that they have at least kicked the tires on the center in trade talks. While he is far from the flashiest name, Theis would be an interesting player for the Bucks, and this package could help them bring him aboard for a postseason push.

A hypothetical trade to help the Milwaukee Bucks land Daniel Theis

Given Theis’ hefty $8.3 million salary this season, the Bucks would have to jump through some hoops financially to make a deal work. The combined salaries of Donte DiVincenzo ($4.7 million), Rodney Hood ($2.2 million), and Semi Ojeleye ($1.8 million) are enough to get a deal done, but there would be some justifiable skepticism surrounding that package.

With that said, let us take a look at the logic, the lunacy, and an overall verdict on this deal that would see the Bucks land a center that they desperately need.