Reactions to Milwaukee Bucks’ rumored interest in Jordan Clarkson

Oct 31, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

For the most part, the Milwaukee Bucks have had a relatively quiet offseason to this point. Almost all of the news to come out of the team’s offseason was with a flurry of moves in the minutes after NBA free agency opened on June 30th.

There’s a chance that could be changing sometime soon. Fastbreak’s Brett Siegel reports that the Milwaukee Bucks are one of the teams that have shown initial interest in acquiring Jordan Clarkson from the Utah Jazz following Rudy Gobert’s departure earlier this offseason.

Reactions to the Milwaukee Bucks having interest in trading for Jordan Clarkson

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody who watched the Bucks throughout the 2022 NBA postseason that they are looking to upgrade their depth at the guard positions. It also should come as good news for the fans because some have had interest in Clarkson for quite some time.

Clarkson is everything that the Bucks need during this NBA offseason. Two of the biggest things that have plagued the Bucks over the last few seasons have been their lack of a quality backup guard and their lack of big scorers off the bench. By adding Clarkson, the team would kill two birds with one stone.

Clarkson has been one of the best bench scorers in the NBA for quite some time, averaging double-digit points per game in each of his eight NBA seasons. He won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2020-2021, finishing first above his Jazz teammate and new Bucks offseason addition, Joe Ingles. The Bucks already addressed the issue by adding Ingles but would create a lethal bench by adding a weapon such as Clarkson, to go with Ingles and Bobby Portis.

Clarkson fits in with what Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer likes to do with his lineups. Clarkson would primarily be a shooting guard in Milwaukee but offers the flexibility to play the one. Since Budenholzer took over in Milwaukee, he has been known to toy with multiple point guard lineups. A Clarkson and Jrue Holiday lineup certainly sounds much better than the Holiday and George Hill lineup that Milwaukee ran out against the Celtics during their playoff series.

If the team were to trade for Clarkson, it would likely mean that Milwaukee would send Hill to Utah in return. There would be few complaints from Bucks fans on that, considering Hill had no business being on the floor nearly as often as he was against Boston. The team might have to trade away another piece like Grayson Allen, but considering the upgrade that Clarkson would bring along with the emergence of Jevon Carter last season, it seems like it would be a win for the Bucks.

I love the idea of adding Jordan Clarkson to this Bucks team. Hopefully, it’s not too good to be true because he would undoubtedly put the Bucks back in a prime position to compete for another NBA title.

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Stay tuned to see what happens with Clarkson and any more Bucks offseason news.