Trade target No. 2 - Luguentz Dort
This writer raised an eyebrow when this name popped up on the list. Luguentz Dort is a member of the ascending OKC Thunder and has become a key cog for them over the years. It's very unlikely that the Thunder would entertain trading away their 24-year-old starting shooting guard, but if they were to, for any reason, he'd unquestionably be a nice fit for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Dort is one of the best perimeter defenders in the entire association. Although he's only 6-foot-3, which is undersized in terms of most wings, he's built like a tank and uses that to his advantage when defending opponents. On top of that, he's no slouch on offense either, averaging 13.4 points per game for his NBA career. He's the ideal 3-and-D wing.
The 24 year old would fit in like a glove with Milwaukee's other starters. He'd be the perfect two guard for this team, giving them an excellent defender who can take on challenging perimeter assignments. Making $15.3 million this season, Dort's contract isn't too unreasonable for the Bucks in a trade, but they'd have to piece together a few players to make salaries work.
Although Dort checks off all of the boxes, the chances of OKC actually moving him are near zero. For a team looking to make the leap into contention this season and moving forward, trading away one of the best perimeter defenders in the league would be a head-scratching move, especially when it's to a team that wouldn't fetch them much in return.
It's unlikely OKC would move him, but pursue