Grade the Trade: Milwaukee Bucks add FIBA World Cup Hero via Raptors

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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Oklahoma City Thunder: Dennis Schroder
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The Milwaukee Bucks’ perspective on this trade with the Toronto Raptors

Now, I don’t want to be rude, but come on. This trade just isn’t happening from the Bucks’ point of view.

Yes, they do need a backup point guard, but there are better trades that will be out there for similar levels of player to Schröder and for Milwaukee to give up much less. The clear thing here is that both the fans and it feels like the organization are incredibly high on MarJon Beauchamp and that he can be a great piece for the future of the team. They won’t give him up to get a veteran to come off the bench.

Pat Connaughton is one of the first players off the bench for the Bucks and his energy at small forward and ability to score from all over the court is valuable to the Bucks and he is always reliable for a big game here and there. Beauchamp as mentioned impressed last season and will look to see more minutes under Adrian Griffin this season.

Schröder is definitely someone who can fill the hole at backup point for the Bucks and may have been someone they looked at before he signed a two-year $25.4m contract with Toronto. This makes it slightly harder to make a move for him as now the contracts need to match up and it may be something the Bucks look at later on in the season depending on the Raptors’ season.

As a player, we know what Schröder does well. Great to lead a team from the bench and is incredibly experienced now in the NBA. Last season with the Lakers he averaged 12.6 points, 4.5 assists on 41.5 percent shooting from the field. He also was exceptional and deserved the FIBA World Cup MVP award, averaging 19.1 points and six assists as he led Germany to becoming world champions.

I personally am a fan of Schröder and think he would be a great addition to the Bucks, but this trade is a bad one from Milwaukee’s point of view. With Griffin looking to make the team younger, it would be silly to trade away their best young piece for a 30-year-old guard.