NBA trade season is still a few months away, but with a slew of players set to be trade eligible after December 15, teams like the Milwaukee Bucks can start doing their homework on possible targets.
At this point, it's obviously that the Bucks could use some reinforcements defensively. Luckily for the front office, there are a handful of candidates whose names are currently floating around on the open market. Given Milwaukee's depleted asset stash following the Damian Lillard trade and other moves, some targets are far more realistic than others.
With all of that in mind, let us look at five realistic and five dream targets for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Dream trade target - Dorian Finney-Smith, Brooklyn Nets
Dorian Finney-Smith is among the most popular names floating around as a target for the Bucks, and for good reason. The 30-year-old is a 6-foot-7 forward who is as versatile as they come, and he'd give the Bucks an incredibly tough defender to utilize as they try to establish a defensive identity under Head Coach Adrian Griffin.
What makes him a dream trade target is the rumored asking price. According to a recent rumor-filled piece from HoopsHype's Michael Scotto, which will be referenced a lot here, the Brooklyn Nets are expected to seek the equivalent of two first rounders in exchange for Finney-Smith. That's tough for the Bucks, who don't have close to that. Unless the Nets lower the price, it may be tough to pull off.
Realistic trade target - Torrey Craig, Chicago Bulls
Rumors have been swirling for weeks that the Chicago Bulls could unload several key pieces on their roster before the trade deadline. While he's not the star player everyone may want, Torrey Craig, who is a quality 3-and-D veteran, would be a nice addition to a team like Milwaukee, who is seeking more defensive help. He'd be another versatile and switchable defender off of the bench.
What makes Craig an incredibly realistic target is his current contract. The forward is on the books for $2.5 million this season, which is very easily digestible, even for a cash-strapped team like the Bucks. This would allow the Bucks to keep their core intact and add a veteran for cheap. If the Bulls decide to start shedding players, the Bucks should undoubtedly make an offer for Craig.