NBA trade Deadline targets for the Milwaukee Bucks and what they might cost

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Davion Mitchell, Sacramento Kings

Per a separate report from Fischer, the Bucks are among teams across the association canvassing the market for point guard help ahead of the trade deadline. In that same report, Fischer mentioned that Davion Mitchell of the Sacramento Kings is available. That could make for a perfect match.

Bucks/Kings Mitchell

There's a reason why Mitchell has earned the nickname "Off-Night" throughout his basketball career. In college, he earned Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, NABC Defensive Player of the Year, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team twice. That defense was a major reason why he went ninth overall in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Throughout his three NBA seasons so far, Mitchell has shown glimpses of that tough defense versus top talent, but his role has shrunk with each passing season. He undoubtedly has what it takes to help a team on that side of the basketball, but he needs an opportunity. A team that desperately needs an added jolt on that side of things, like Milwaukee, could certainly help him with a change of scenery.

Mitchell could immediately give the Bucks on that end, giving them an energetic guard who can take on tough assignments at the guard position. Offensively, he's a non-shooter (31.2 percent from three in his career), but at this point, the Bucks would welcome a defender over a scorer. Mitchell can put up points and facilitate, but his main duty would be to play tough defense.

Aside from being a poor perimeter shooter, the one concern with Mitchell is his size, as he stands at 6-foot-2. As seen in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, when the Boston Celtics constantly targeted George Hill, undersized guards can oftentimes be hunted on defense by bigger wings. It's a major worry, but still, Mitchell could help this team.

Looking at the package, the Bucks could offer Cameron Payne, a player Fischer noted is available, MarJon Beauchamp, who has been out of Milwaukee's rotation entirely lately, and a second-round pick in an attempt to satisfy the Kings. Making $5 million this season, absorbing Mitchell's salary would be relatively affordable, allowing the Bucks to keep all of their key components.