Ranking the Milwaukee Bucks’ 5 best trade assets for the 2023 off-season

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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday
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No. 1 – Jrue Holiday

Yet another tough pill to swallow. Jrue Holiday has been a key cog for the Bucks and helped them raise their first championship banner in 50 years, but if the team is going to make any significant upgrades in the off-season, Holiday’s name is not off the table. If the Bucks want to take a swing for the fences and improve this roster, Holiday’s name is destined to arise in conversations.

There is no shortage of teams that would love to get their hands on Holiday. Despite coming off of a poor playoff showing, Holiday’s market would be buzzing. He’s among the best two-way players in the entire league and has plenty left in the tank, as he was named an All-Star reserve this year. Holiday is on the books for $35 million next season and will have a $37.4 million player option in 2024-25. Those are reasonable figures for a team looking to make a meaningful upgrade in their backcourt, just like the Milwaukee Bucks were during the 2020 off-season.

It’d be interesting to see what the Bucks could get for Holiday on the market, but it seems unlikely that they would trade him without another star in return. The Bucks are not going to trade Holiday for draft picks and salary filler, as that would be an outright disastrous decision when this team is built to contend right now. If the Bucks could somehow land an upgrade while moving Holiday, it would make more sense, though that is far easier said than done.

It seems unlikely that Holiday will be moved, but there’s no denying he’s Milwaukee’s best asset.

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