Grade the trade: The verdict on this trade for the Milwaukee Bucks
I would give this three-team trade a B-.
The Milwaukee Bucks are the clear winners in this trade. They get Kuminga, who is a young, talented forward with a lot of potential. Kuminga is still raw, but he has the tools to be a star in the NBA.
It’s important to point out that Kuminga is still very much a young and developing prospect at only 20 years old. He is still learning the game and how to play at the NBA level. He needs time to develop his skills and his game. For Kuminga, a change in scenery could be exactly what he needs to finally put everything together and make good on the potential he demonstrated earlier on in his career.
He is a high-motor player who is always looking to improve. He is also a hard worker who is willing to put in the extra effort. If Kuminga can continue to develop his game, he has the potential to be a key part of any team he lands on.
The Golden State Warriors get some nice pieces in return for Kuminga, and it’s by all means a win-now move. Jae Crowder is a proven veteran wing, who can in theory be a game-changer for a team that felt the absence of guys like Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II in the playoffs a year ago. As it currently stands, Crowder might still be a better player than Kuminga solely because he is more consistent.
The Bucks’ 2029 first-rounder is also a nice asset that can be flipped for another asset that has more guaranteed returns.
The San Antonio Spurs get a good haul of players in this trade, but I don’t think they get the best player in the deal.
Malik Beasley is a talented scorer, but he’s also a bit of a liability on defense. Robin Lopez is a solid backup center, but he’s not a difference-maker. Sandro Mamukelashvili is a promising young player, but he’s still a few years away from contributing at a high level.
Overall, I think the Milwaukee Bucks win this trade solely because they get the most high-upside player in the deal in Kuminga. The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs both get some nice pieces, but I personally don’t feel as though they get enough in return for someone like Kuminga.
BTBP Trade: B-
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