Grade the Trade: Bucks move fan-favorite to Kings for defensive guard, more

This Buck has been mentioned in trade rumors constantly.
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What would the Sacramento Kings get from the Milwaukee Bucks?

As far as the Sacramento Kings' side of the deal goes, why would they be interested in giving up two players and an early second-round pick for Bobby Portis? Essentially, it would mean consolidating some depth to give them another Sixth Man of the Year candidate to go along with the one they already have in Malik Monk.

The Kings are in an arms race and are in danger of being left behind in the Western Conference with how good the likes of the Timberwolves, Thunder and Mavericks are. There are other teams that are going to be in that conversation, like the Suns and Lakers, not to mention the Spurs, who the Kings have already made a deal with this off-season.

This upgrade would cost the Kings one of their 3-and-D prospects, but the addition of DeMar DeRozan without having to give up Kevin Huerter means their wing depth isn't really in jeopardy, and there may not be a ton of playing time available for Ellis.

Having Bobby Portis coming off the bench with Malik Monk would give the Kings a pretty formidable top seven in their rotation and a very interesting big-man room of Keegan Murray, Bobby Portis and Domantas Sabonis.

The Kings would have a bunch of power forward/center tweener guys who can all shoot the ball and spread the floor. There can never be too many players like that on a team, and that could potentially open things up for De'Aaron Fox to use his speed and DeRozan to create his mid-range shots.

Grade for Kings: B+