5 Bucks who are expendable, 5 they can't afford to trade

The Bucks may look to make a trade before the Feb. 8 deadline.

Milwaukee Bucks, Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks, Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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Cannot afford to trade: Damian Lillard

Bucks fans have already been introduced to Dame Time, but the seven-time All-Star is just getting his footing in Milwaukee. He had to adjust to playing with Giannis Antetokounmpo and still figuring things out with his new team. Over the last 12 games, Lillard is averaging 27.4 points, 8.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.1 steals on 46.7 percent shooting from the field and 41.6 percent on his 3-point tries.


Fans know what to expect from Dame. He is one of the 75 best players in NBA history, and the Bucks went virtually all-in to acquire him. They gave up Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, their 2029 first-round draft pick, and two first-round pick swaps for Lillard. Giannis wanted the franchise to prove their commitment to winning, so they made the move.

Dame is one of the best point guards in the league, and the Bucks have arguably the best top four in the world. Lillard is locked in on winning his first ring. Fans should expect his efficiency to continue improving, and no team wants to face Milwaukee in the playoffs.

The Bucks cannot afford to trade Damian Lillard because they are all in on winning a championship. Will Lillard help them get over the hump for their second title in four years? That is the goal.