The 2024 NBA Trade Deadline featured two deals involving the Milwaukee Bucks.
In their first move of the day, Milwaukee sent Cameron Payne and a 2027 second-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Patrick Beverley. Shortly after, they sent Robin Lopez and cash considerations to the Sacramento Kings. It wasn't the most exciting deadline day, as many expected the Bucks to do more, but the team is not done tweaking the roster, which General Manager Jon Horst confirmed.
Per The Athletic's Eric Nehm (subscription required), Horst said the team will "obviously" fill it when asked about the team's open roster spot. Horst didn't put a timetable on it, and understandably so, as he now has to get to work and decide which player out there can help this Bucks roster.
Bucks not done tweaking roster following NBA trade deadline, says general manager
What is the biggest position of need for the Bucks right now? For most, the answer is either another wing or a big man.
Teams can never have enough wing depth, and the Bucks are still hunting for reliable wing defenders. They will not find a game-changer on the market right now, but there are a few suitable names worth at least checking in on. Danuel House, recently waived by Detroit, or Stanley Johnson would both be intriguing names for the team to consider for depth purposes.
Adding a big man may be a bigger priority for the Bucks, given that Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis are currently the team's only two centers. A fan-favorite target in Bismack Biyombo was yanked off of the board Saturday when the OKC Thunder picked him up. There are not too many names on the market right now, but perhaps veteran Nerlens Noel could be of interest if they want a veteran big man now.
Ultimately, Horst and the front office will likely wait a while to see how the market transpires, as there are likely to be more buyouts on the horizon. Who knows, perhaps the perfect target could become available, and the Bucks could swoop in and add them.
Of course, the target everyone has their eye on is P.J. Tucker of the LA Clippers, who hasn't been in their rotation much this season. However, per TNT and Bleacher Reporter insider Chris Haynes, the veteran will not request a buyout despite his current situation. Barring a change of heart, Tucker is likely staying in Los Angeles, throwing a wet blanket on a potential reunion with the Milwaukee Bucks.
It should be noted that the Bucks also have a pair of two-way slots open, paving the way for them to sign two players with fewer than four years of experience. It will be interesting to see how the roster ends up looking in the coming weeks and months.
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