Trade rumors: Ranking the Rockets top-9 trade partners

General Manager Rafael Stone of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
General Manager Rafael Stone of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets trade partner rankings: 7. Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are something of a balance between the Nets and the Jazz. Both their draft assets and the players they could offer can be described as okay at best.

Brook Lopez is a good player and could possibly slide into a backup center role if the Rockets wanted, but he is 32 years old and does not quite fit the description of what Houston is looking for. The same is true of D.J. Augustin (who is 33) at the backup point-guard spot.

D.J. Wilson is an interesting enough young player and Pat Connaughton can provide some value, but it is hard to see the Bucks parting with Bobby Portis or Donte DiVincenzo, who are the more appealing assets. It is not something that would be completely out of the question though, so they do have to be taken into some account.

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The Bucks are interesting in that they are certainly a good team and have one of the best players in the league in Giannis Antetokounmpo, but they have had playoff issues in the past and do not look like the juggernaut they have resembled in former seasons. They could easily decide to make a move to increase their odds of title contention, which could see things get interesting.

Nevertheless, they remain one of the lower options on the list in terms of what they have to offer for a rebuilding team like the Rockets. The Bucks might have the motivation to make a trade, but they’ll have to dig deep and get creative to satisfy both sides.

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