Breaking down and grading 10 trade proposals from the Milwaukee Bucks fanbase

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Bucks land a Defensive Player of the Year in major trade with Grizzlies

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Like Finney-Smith and O'Neale, Marcus Smart is another fan-favorite trade target for the Bucks.

The appeal of Smart is clear. He's among the top guard defenders in the NBA right now, and the Bucks have seen what he can do on that side of things for years. He's an agitator and can provide energy on that end in an instant, even if his methods drive opposing teams crazy.

Smart would be the perfect backcourt mate for Damian Lillard. No offense to Malik Beasley, but he's not the type of defender who can take pressure off of Lillard by hounding opposing guards nightly. Adding a top-tier defender like Smart could help unlock the best version of Lillard.

In addition to getting an excellent defender in Smart, the Bucks would have another opportunity to sign two players via the buyout market to strengthen the roster further.

Many wonder how Memphis will approach the rest of the season after it was announced that All-Star guard Ja Morant would miss the rest of the season due to a torn labrum. They were already down in the standings due to Morant missing 25 games to start the season due to a suspension.

Sitting at 13th in the Western Conference, will the Grizzlies aim to ride it out and try to claw back into the playoff picture, or could they perhaps try to stack assets and sell high on their top pieces? Both scenarios make some sense for a team currently in a tough spot.

If the Grizzlies are indeed willing to move off players like Smart, the Buck should call to kick the tires on what it would take to get him. However, even in that scenario, it would be hard to envision a deal between the Bucks and Grizzlies gaining much traction.

Memphis gave up two first-round picks to get Smart this past off-season. Milwaukee's proposed deal does not even help them recuperate a single first-rounder. They likely aren't high enough on Portis, Connaughton, and AJ Green, along with a pair of second-round picks, as a return.

Smart is under contract for two more seasons after this one, so they could very well just hang onto him and attempt to compete next season. That's a very likely scenario. Yet, it's still fun to dream and think of players who would fit seamlessly with the Bucks.

Grade for Milwaukee: A+

Grade for Memphis: D