Playing pass or pursue with Clutch Points' fresh trade targets for Milwaukee Bucks

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It'll be a while yet before the Milwaukee Bucks can start officially making trades and other key moves, but it's never too early for them to start putting together a wish list.

There will be no shortage of targets for the Bucks to inquire about as they aim to retool the roster, especially with strong defenders. Clutch Points' writer Liam Hanley recently highlighted three trade targets who fit that particular mold for the Bucks, and it's time to decide whether the team should pass on them or pursue them.

Bucks' first target: Matisse Thybulle

Plenty of Milwaukee Bucks fans, including this writer, were banging the drum for Matisse Thybulle as a trade target this past season.

The youngster checked off plenty of boxes for the Bucks, offering youth, an affordable salary worth $11 million and, perhaps most importantly, versatile defense on the perimeter. Milwaukee still needs all of those, so making a run at the wing this off-season should not be out of the question whatsoever.

On paper, his numbers do not jump off the page, having averaged 5.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game this past season, but Thybulle has never been one to stuff the stat sheet. He's a two-time All-Defensive honoree, making his mark on that side of the ball. Milwaukee needs that.

His inability to hit the long ball consistently - 33.8 percent for his career - could pose fit problems with Giannis Antetokounmpo, putting two non-shooters on the floor together, but at the end of the day, they may be willing to sacrifice some floor spacing if they can get an incredibly versatile defender.

Ultimately, the Portland Trail Blazers seemingly never even entertained offers for the young wing, and it would be somewhat surprising if they did so this off-season, but that shouldn't stop the Bucks from at least inquiring. If the Blazers will listen, the Bucks should offer up a pitch.

The verdict: Pursue