Assessing a Milwaukee Bucks’ trade package for Daniel Theis

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The logic behind this proposed Daniel Theis trade for the Milwaukee Bucks

First and foremost, the Bucks need another center on the roster right now. Brook Lopez has suited up in one game this year due to back issues, and though the front office is reportedly optimistic he could be back at some point down the season, that is just wishful thinking right now. As they keep their fingers crossed that Lopez will return, the Bucks should be looking to add some size to their frontcourt, and Theis fits the billing in that regard.

While he is not a household name, Theis has been a passable player throughout his five-year NBA career by averaging 7.5 points, five rebounds, and nearly one blocked shot per game. The big man could be a solid backup for the Bucks temporarily to give them some size down low. At the time of this writing, there are genuinely very few centers that would not help the Bucks right now, so their interest in Theis is feasible, as he is likely one of the several targets they have kicked the tires on.

As for the package itself, it does make sense for the Bucks on some level. Hood and Ojeleye have both fallen out of head coach Mike Budenholzer’s rotation entirely as of late, so moving on from them before the deadline should be on the team’s to-do list if they can add help at a position of need. The questionable part comes with DiVincenzo, who has been shrouded in trade rumors over the past year. Some may be hesitant to move the guard, but given Milwaukee’s numerous talented pieces at his position like Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, and Wesley Matthews, they could open to moving him, particularly if it can help the team elsewhere.

The Bucks need a backup big, and while Theis is not the first option that comes to mind, he could be a reasonable option to fill the void momentarily, in theory.