The 2024 NBA Trade Deadline is set for February 8, and everyone is expecting the Milwaukee Bucks to make a move ahead of then.
That sentiment was strengthened on the newest episode of the #thisleague UNCUT Podcast, when NBA insiders Marc Stein and Chris Haynes delivered some intriguing intel on the team's approach to the deadline. When describing Milwaukee's current mindset, Haynes called it "aggressive."
Milwaukee Bucks have a one-word mindset at 2024 NBA trade deadline, per insider
This isn't overly shocking. With General Manager Jon Horst at the helm, the Bucks have always been aggressive in terms of in-season deals, with moves for P.J. Tucker, Serge Ibaka, and Jae Crowder all coming over the past three years. It's not surprising to hear that Horst is once again pursuing some sort of upgrade with an aggressive mindset.
Yet, for most of the season, it seemed like the Bucks might be heading toward a quiet deadline due to the lack of rumors floating around with their name attached. Of course, that all recently changed when Haynes reported that Milwaukee has an interest in Atlanta Hawks point guard Dejounte Murray. Given that he's one of the top names on the market, the Bucks are clearly looking to make a splash.
For a quick update on Milwaukee's pursuit of Murray, Haynes said that the team's interest in the guard is just exploratory at this point. Atlanta's steep asking price for him includes two first round picks, and the Bucks don't have those. However, Haynes believes there is a chance the Bucks could potentially acquire added draft capital to send to Atlanta by involving more teams.
If the Bucks make a move, it will be to add more defense. Even if the team doesn't go all out for a star in Murray, Haynes mentioned names like Alex Caruso, Dorian Finney-Smith, Matisse Thybulle, and Bruce Brown as potential point-of-attack defenders who could make sense for Milwaukee.
It's great to hear that the Bucks are approaching the deadline with an aggressive mindset despite the lack of assets they hold. The team could undeniably use a jolt defensively, and the market is currently full of names who could help.
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