Grade The Trade: Bucks add familiar target in this trade with the Hawks

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 11 (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Brook Lopez, A.J. Green, Atlanta Hawks: Jalen Johnson, Bogdan Bogdanovic
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Cons of this trade between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks

Despite those previously mentioned positives, this is not a perfect trade by any means, especially regarding the actual package the Milwaukee Bucks would be sending out.

This is a lot to give up for Bogdan Bogdanovic. While Milwaukee certainly should not make Allen or Connaughton untouchable in trades, this is not the deal to send them out. Bogdanovic is the better player when comparing him to Allen or Connaughton, but is he better than both of them combined in a two-for-one deal? The answer is no. Despite their faults, Allen and Connaughton are still good players who would be better for the team.

Bogdanovic’s injury history is also a lingering worry, as the two-guard has not played 70 games in a season for over four years now. Injuries have hindered Milwaukee’s success during their previous two playoff runs, and they’d be taking quite a gamble by bringing in Bogdanovic, who has battled a nagging knee issue in recent memory. Sending out such a haul for a player who has not played 70 games since Mike Budenholzer’s first year as the Bucks coach does not sound overly promising.

On top of sending out two of their better wings, the Bucks would also have to deal their lone first rounder at the moment, which they cannot utilize until 2029. Some would debate whether or not they would do this deal even without the first round pick attached. To trade away the two wings and one of the team’s most valuable assets would be a very questionable move by Milwaukee’s front office. The Milwaukee Bucks need to be smart with that draft pick right now.