The grade for the Milwaukee Bucks trade for Patrick Beverley
This is a trade nobody would go crazy for, but it feels solid. Beverley's impact on the court doesn't go unnoticed, and the Bucks really needed what he could bring, so it feels like a good move to make. Given the lack of defense on the roster, Beverley over Payne is close to a no-brainer, and the Bucks went for it.
All five Bucks' starters have a better defensive rating than all of the usual bench players this season, which has been a huge problem. But Beverley can do his part to try and make sure that's not the case anymore, which is a step in the right direction. He will not change things entirely, but he could certainly help this second unit to some degree.
It would also be interesting to see how he can impact a young player like Andre Jackson Jr., who feels somewhat like a taller Beverley in the making. He's an aggressive defender with a reliable 3-point shot who can grow next to a veteran like him, which is also a nice touch.
But it's fair to say that this trade doesn't feel like a game-changer. And since it's the only move the Bucks have made now that the market is closed, it's hard to be very high on it. That doesn't mean it's good by any means. It's not that the trade lacks something as much as that it seems that the team lacks something. But as an individual trade, it is solid enough.
BTBP Final Grade: B-
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