Milwaukee Bucks should continue to pursue former first-round pick after rumored interest surfaces

Apr 3, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;
Apr 3, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst is always looking to make a trade. He has shown time and time again throughout his tenure that if he sees a hole or a need to fill, he will make a move immediately.

Every NBA team hopes to find a quality defensive-minded wing. The Bucks have been looking for stability in that role since P.J. Tucker left Milwaukee after 2021. Per a report from HoopsHype's Michael Scotto, the team wanted to sign Reggie Bullock before he joined the Houston Rockets this offseason.

Milwaukee Bucks should reignite interest in Reggie Bullock from the 2023 offseason

With Jae Crowder expected to miss a few more weeks due to injury, Bullock is worth checking out if the Rockets are willing to make him available. The team's prior interest in the former first-round pick from North Carolina only makes it more worthy of an inquiry.

Considering his minimal role in Houston this season, Bullock likely would welcome a change of scenery. Bullock has received numerous DNPs and is playing a career-low 9.1 minutes per game with seven games played. Although those numbers suggest he is past his prime, his lack of playing time could be because he's a bad fit. With so many capable wing defenders in Houston, there's only so many minutes to go around.

In Milwaukee, there will be a better opportunity for the veteran out of North Carolina to get on the court. With the depth at the wing being as inexperienced as it is, Bullock will give the team another veteran to go with Crowder.

While the young guys need to play, adding Bullock would give the Bucks the luxury of not needing to rush their development. Milwaukee has already had to accelerate the development process with MarJon Beauchamp and Andre Jackson Jr. in the absence of Crowder. However, easing them into their future responsibilities with the team will be more beneficial for them in the long run.

Bullock's presence would give the team an assortment of options for wing defenders. Between Beauchamp, Bullock, Crowder, and Jackson Jr., fresh legs will always be available when the others need a breather or are injured.

Along with his excellent defensive ability, Bullock's shooting makes him an intriguing target for the Bucks as well. He owns a career 3-point percentage of 38.3 percent. The Bucks will always accept an opportunity to space the floor around Giannis Antetokounmpo. Bullock would add another perimeter threat for Antetokounmpo to kick the ball out if he needs it.

With the importance of outside shooting and perimeter defense in the modern NBA, Bullock would be an excellent addition to the team. If the Rockets are willing, the Bucks should be making calls for Bullock for the right price.

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