3 Possible targets for the Milwaukee Bucks following new captivating trade rumor

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No. 2 - Dejounte Murray

Eyebrows were raised when Bleacher Report and TNT NBA insider Chris Haynes reported that the Bucks were expressing interest in Dejounte Murray. The Atlanta Hawks guard is arguably the top name left on the trade market right now, and he'd undeniably be a top-tier addition to the backcourt rotation in Milwaukee.

Murray could certainly give Milwaukee a spark defensively. A 2017-18 All-Defensive honoree, Murray is a 6-foot-5 defensive ace who can take on top-notch opposing guards. Obviously, a player like that could help the Bucks tremendously, giving them an excellent perimeter defender who could also be useful in taking defensive pressure off of others, especially Damian Lillard.

Offensively, Murray has averaged over 20 points in each of the last three seasons, and he's currently putting up a career-best 21.4 points per game this season. He could give the Bucks a huge big on the offensive end, providing them with another capable 20-point per game scorer - that would drop with the Bucks - who could help carry some of the workload.

There are questions with how well Murray would fit with the Bucks and if he would be fine with taking on that third or fourth scoring option role, but the potential is there for him to be a major addition to this squad. If he could buy into taking on a lesser role on a contending team, he could be the missing piece this team currently needs.

Financially, Murray is making $17.7 million this season, which is reasonable for a player of his caliber. Again, a package would center around Portis, Connaughton, and draft picks. Atlanta reportedly has a hefty asking price for the guard, so Milwaukee would likely have to expand this deal to involve more teams to rope in more assets.

It's a long shot, but it's not impossible, especially with how aggressive the team is being.