3 dream trade deadline or buyout scenarios for the Milwaukee Bucks

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 20 (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Orlando Magic: Mohamed Bamba
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 20 (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /

Dream trade deadline/buyout scenario No. 2 – The Milwaukee Bucks swing a trade for Mohamed Bamba or Richaun Holmes to add a center

The biggest hole on Milwaukee’s roster right now is the lack of depth at the center position, given the unfortunate circumstances surrounding Brook Lopez. The big man has played in just one game this season due to back issues, and they have missed him dearly. Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported recently that the Bucks were poking around for a center on the trade market, meaning they could very well add one within the next week. Although Fischer noted that Daniel Theis and Jalen Smith are two centers that have been connected to the Bucks, there are better options out there.

The top target that comes to mind for many Bucks fans is Mohamed Bamba. The big man is in the middle of a career year with the Orlando Magic by averaging 10.4 points, eight rebounds, and an impressive two blocked shots per game. Bamba would provide the perfect amount of rebounding and interior defense that the Bucks need right now, in addition to some solid scoring on the other side of the ball. Bamba’s $7.6 million salary for this season makes him somewhat difficult for the Bucks to acquire due to their financial limitations and shortage of assets, but it is possible.

If Bamba is not on Milwaukee’s radar, Richaun Holmes should be. Holmes is having a stellar year with the Sacramento Kings by averaging 12 points, 8.1 rebounds, and a blocked shot per game. Not only would Holmes provide defense and rebounding, but he could provide a scoring boost off the bench, something that the champs desperately need as their second unit ranks 29th in points per game this season. Taking on what is left of his $12.9 million salary would be challenging, but there are packages that would work.

Whether or not Lopez comes back, the Bucks are looking around for insurance at center, and either of these two players would be tremendous pickups.