The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to make some sort of move ahead of the 2024 NBA Trade Deadline, that much is clear.
Obviously, they'd like help on the defensive side of the court as they aim to improve on that side of the floor under newly-employed coach Doc Rivers. However, a new report suggests that they are aiming to find help from a particular position.
Per Yahoo Sports' Jake Fischer, Milwaukee is a team rumored to be looking for point guard help on the market. Interestingly enough, Fischer added that the Bucks are evaluating players in the "upper echelon" of potential trade targets.
That's an interesting nugget to consider when looking at targets, so let's break down a few names that may fit the mold.
No. 1 - Malcolm Brogdon
As they've shown over the past several seasons, the Milwaukee Bucks have no problem bringing back former players. If they are indeed looking for point guard help on the market, perhaps they may aim to keep that tradition going by targeting Malcolm Brogdon of the Portland Trail Blazers.
No matter where he has played, Brogdon has proven to be a valuable two-way guard. On offense, he's capable of putting up double-digit points nightly, averaging 15.4 per game for his career. A big factor in that has been his sweet outside shooting, hitting 39.1 percent of his career triples. He can also be of use in orchestrating the offense, averaging 4.7 assists per game in that span.
Defensively, Brogdon has never been on the level of All-Defense, but he's been a quality defender who can make life tough for opposing guards. He could be a valuable addition to the Bucks as they aim to get their perimeter defense issues sorted out, given his ability to switch and be versatile, no matter who he is matched up with.
On the floor, Brogdon would fit nicely in Milwaukee. In fact, he's already played with several of the top players, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Brook Lopez. He's capable of being a combo guard, meaning he could play in lineups alongside Damian Lillard or ones where he himself is the main ball-handler.
The question marks about Brogdon come in when looking at his contract. The guard is on the books for $22.5 million this season. That's a bit hefty, and if the Bucks wanted to bring back Brogdon while keeping the Big 4 intact, a deal would have to include Bobby Portis, Pat Connaughton, and draft picks. Fans can debate if Brogdon is worth that, especially with his injury history.
He's not the perfect target for Milwaukee, especially at that cost, but if the teams wants point guard help from the upper echelon of names, he's likely among the names being considered.