Grading the Milwaukee Bucks’ trade deadline/buyout market moves

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Milwaukee Bucks: Serge Ibaka
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Looking at what the Milwaukee Bucks got via the trade deadline/buyout market

The biggest piece that the Bucks acquired at the trade deadline was Serge Ibaka, who came over via the Clippers in that aforementioned four-team deal. With Brook Lopez playing in just a single game this season due to back issues, Milwaukee desperately needed to add another center, and Ibaka certainly fit the billing. The multi-time All-Defensive honoree bolstered Milwaukee’s center depth on impact and gave them a battle-tested veteran to help their championship hopes.

In addition to acquiring Ibaka, who generously waived his trade bonus to help the Bucks bring him aboard, Milwaukee received two future second round picks and cash considerations. The two draft picks could be utilized in future moves, which gives general manager Jon Horst valuable assets to work with down the line. The cash gives the Bucks some immediate financial help, given just how much money this team has tied into the roster and their hefty payroll.

Ibaka was the only piece the Bucks acquired before the trade deadline, but they were busy in the buyout market soon after. The defending champs signed DeAndre’ Bembry and Jevon Carter after they were waived by the Brooklyn Nets, which helped bring in two quality veterans. The tandem is mainly known for their defense, and they have shown it early on throughout their first few games with the Bucks. With the Bucks missing several key players due to injuries, having these two in the mix has been a welcoming boost.