Grade The Trade: Bucks add defensive menace in this deal with Bulls

Oct 11, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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The grade on this deal between the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls

This trade between the Bucks and Bulls will not happen.

First and foremost, this is too much on Milwaukee’s end. Caruso is a nice player who would fit in with the Bucks seamlessly, but a starting guard, the team’s best young asset, and their lone first round pick that is tradeable is too much to give. Allen and the first rounder would make be much more reasonable, but there are still fans who would call that too much.

The Bucks’ defense would certainly improve in this deal, at least immediately, but there would be some concerns about their offense. Caruso has never been known for his offense, and this roster is lacking shot-creators as is. It would be a similar scenario to the 2021 team where Milwaukee would have to be on their A-game defensively to win games consistently.

Instead, the Bucks should focus on getting another shot creator to surround the defense with.

Rather than make this deal, the Milwaukee Bucks are likely to roll into the season with the roster they have now. It would be quite surprising to see the front office make a trade involving that first round pick, as they could package it with a few more firsts next off-season to land an even bigger fish, hypothetically. If a star becomes available, the Bucks will want to have that draft pick handy.

With that said, this is still better than that Zach LaVine proposal from the beginning of the article.

BTBP Grade: D+

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