The 2024 NBA Trade Deadline is rapidly approaching, and the Milwaukee Bucks have given little to no indication as to what their plans may be.
Given his track record, it would not be surprising to see General Manager Jon Horst make a move to add help defensively. He's always maintained an aggressive mindset when it comes to improving the roster, and that likely will not change. Yet, if the team does ultimately make a move, seeing which of the standard contract players ultimately get moved will be incredibly fascinating.
Outside of a few obvious picks, it feels like a good chunk of this roster might not be off the table in any potential trades. That said, let us rank potential trade chips based on how likely they are to be traded before the deadline. (These are just speculation)
Tier 1 - The true untouchables: G. Antetokounmpo, Lillard
This first one shouldn't be too surprising. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard are not going anywhere this season.
First and foremost, as much of people in sports media like to ponder the thought of Giannis leaving the Bucks, he just inked an extension before the season. He's also stated time and time again that as long as the franchise is committed to winning, he's committed to them. The idea of a mid-season deal involving Giannis Antetokounmpo is just a pipe dream created by opposing franchises.
The same goes for Lillard. The Bucks went all-in to acquire him this past off-season, and they had the thought of pairing him with Giannis for years to come in mind. Lillard is also under contract for several years beyond this season, so it's not like the Bucks have to panic about losing him in free agnecy. No trade they make could match the upside they already have with Lillard.
Expect to see Antetokounmpo and Lillard stay put as they continue building chemistry and try to put their pieces together for the Milwaukee Bucks.