Bucks bring back a familiar face courtesy of Blazers
Via - @brewcitypaul
A reunion? This would certainly shock a good chunk of Milwaukee Bucks fans if it came to fruition.
Malcolm Brogdon spent the first three years of his career in Milwaukee and developed into a quality two-way guard. As a member of the Boston Celtics, he won the Sixth Man of the Year Award for the 2022-23 NBA season for his strong play off of the bench.
Despite dealing with some injuries, Brogdon is still a player who could help Milwaukee. At 6-foot-4, he's not the wing stopper this team needs, but he could provide some much-needed resistance on the defensive end against opposing guards and occasionally forwards.
Offensively, he could give Milwaukee more quality scoring, shooting, and facilitating, as he's averaged 15.4 points and 4.6 assists per game while shooting 39 percent from deep for his career. Even if their defense is what Milwaukee needs to focus on improving the most, this offense would help as well.
Another intriguing aspect of this deal is that it would open up two roster spots for Milwaukee to use on players of their choice. They'd certainly need a new backup big with Portis gone, and they could also add another player, more than likely a defensive-minded wing.
Brogdon's career injury history may make this a bit of a gamble for the Bucks, but it's certainly not a horrible deal on their end. As for Portland, if they are willing to entertain trading Brogdon, they could get more for him than this.
Portis could be a nice piece for them, but even if they do not want to keep him, perhaps they could look to flip him at some point like they did with Jrue Holiday. Connaughton could be a nice veteran presence for a young unit. Chris Livingston is a potential-filled youngster who fits Portland's timeline.
A young team looking for a veteran floor general to take the next step might even be willing to cough up a first-rounder. Even with Milwaukee's second-rounders, Portland would likely look elsewhere to get better draft compensation.
Grade for Milwaukee: B+
Grade for Portland: C+