Grade the trade: Bucks land Damian Lillard in shocking proposal

Milwaukee Bucks, Damian Lillard. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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The Milwaukee Bucks must do whatever it takes to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo happy. His recent comments have fans worried and opposing teams are salivating about adding arguably the best player in the world. The Bucks re-signed Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez this offseason, but the team’s aging core is cause for concern.

Milwaukee does not have a ton of young talent, and they need another bold move to keep the Greek Freak satisfied. The Bucks have just two players on their standard roster under 23 and seven over 30. Milwaukee must go on a deep playoff run this season or Antetokounmpo could be on his way out.

Damian Lillard wants to leave Portland. The Heat are his preferred destination, but the Trail Blazers are not biting on their offer. Milwaukee is interested in the seven-time All-Star, and it could be the move that keeps Giannis with the team long-term. Making the deal a reality will not be easy given the team’s assets.

Can the Milwaukee Bucks win the Damian Lillard sweepstakes?

The Blazers are in a difficult spot with Dame. Training camps are approaching, and Portland has Scoot Henderson, Sheadon Sharpe, and Anfernee Simons eager to take the minutes in the backcourt. Lillard wants a fresh start, but the Trail Blazers must wait for the maximum return.

The Bucks can only trade one first-round pick, but they have talent on their roster. Does Milwaukee offer one of their stars? If not, pulling together the capital to make the deal would be extremely difficult. What if the Suns get in on the trade to even things out? Crazier things have happened, so let us take a peek at the latest proposal.