Houston Rockets trade #3
The Rockets have reportedly made it known that they are seeking players, and not draft picks, which makes sense considering how they loaded up on draft picks in the James Harden trade. This is good for Milwaukee, as they have a shortage of picks, since they sent three first-round picks to the New Orleans Pelicans, in exchange for Jrue Holiday.
If the Rockets are seeking players who can contribute, both now and in the future, Donte DiVincenzo fits that bill to the tee, as the 24-year-old can both create offense for himself, and create offense for others, which is versatility that would allow the Rockets to play him at either point guard or shooting guard.
The Villanova product is currently averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and three assists, while shooting 40 percent from three, on a healthy five attempts per game. Milwaukee’s recent game against the New Orleans Pelicans provides a glimpse of what DiVincenzo can do, as he had 24 points (9-of-16), 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and made 57.1 percent of his threes (4-of-7).
DiVincenzo is under contract through next season, but becomes a restricted free agent after that. Re-signing him could prove to be difficult for the Bucks, due to the contracts of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, and likely Jrue Holiday, who is eligible for a long-term deal also.
This trade would give the Bucks a starting rotation of Holiday, Middleton, Tucker, Antetokounmpo, and Brook Lopez, which could see them rise in the Eastern Conference standings, which they likely want to do, after leading the East in each of the last two seasons, and being just third in the standings right now.
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