Milwaukee Bucks: 5 last minute trade targets before 2022-23 NBA season

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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo. Charlotte Hornets: P.J. Washington
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P.J. Washington could be a last minute trade target for the Milwaukee Bucks

Dating back to last season, P.J. Washington is one player who many have pegged as a desirable target for the Milwaukee Bucks. Of course, Washington was shrouded in trade rumors after it was reported by Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer that the 24-year-old was a “trade possibility” for the Charlotte Hornets before the 2022 deadline. Washington ultimately stated in Charlotte, but if the Hornets are still possibly open to moving the young forward, the Bucks would be wise to kick the tires on bringing him to Milwaukee.

Over his first three seasons, Washington has shown signs that he could be a legitimate rotational player. The power forward has averaged 11.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and a blocked shot per game, having done a touch of everything for the Hornets. For the Bucks, he could be another Swiss Army Knife off the bench, giving them a player who can score, defend, rebound, and do all of the little things to help this team win games. As highlighted in the Jae Crowder section, this team is also in need of a small ball power forward, and Washington would be a great choice.

Youth is also another significant reason why the Bucks should consider swinging a trade for the former first round pick. Having just turned 24 years old, Washington would be one of the Bucks’ youngest players, and this is a roster that could use some youth, given that they have one of the NBA’s oldest rosters. Aside from MarJon Beauchamp, Sandro Mamukelashvili, and Jordan Nwora, the Bucks do not have much youth to develop on their roster, and adding a piece like Washington could change that on impact.

Washington is set to make $5.8 million next season, which is incredibly affordable when putting together trade packages. Even with their limited assets and financial flexibility, the Bucks could acquire Washington with a lot less string pulling compared to other targets due to his salary. It is unclear what the Hornets may be seeking to part ways with the young forward, but the Bucks should consider finding out to fortify their frontcourt before the 2022-23 season begins.