Though it still appears unlikely the Kyrie Irving trade to Boston will fall through, other teams around league are reportedly ready to strike if it does. That's according to Zach Lowe of ESPN, who says the Milwaukee Bucks have an offer ready to go:
The Milwaukee Bucks lurk on the fringes of the Irving bidding with an offer centered around Malcolm Brogdon, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, and Khris Middleton, sources say. The Bucks have not yet put a first-round pick on the table, sources say, but the bet here is that they would to get the deal done -- or if Irving showed any interest in staying in Milwaukee long-term.
That does not seem like enough to pry Irving away from Cleveland, but the prospect of him joining the Bucks is fascinating. He would team up with Giannis Antetkounmpo, an All-NBA player who has solidified himself as one of the best young players in the league. Those two, along with Jabari Parker once he returns from his torn ACL, could take the Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals or beyond.
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But in addition to the Bucks having relatively little to offer, it doesn't seem like the greatest fit. For one, the Bucks are Antetokounmpo's team. We know Irving wants the spotlight as the best player on his new team. He wouldn't get that with the Bucks.
Plus, the Cavs already know the Celtics are going to be good. If they strengthen the Bucks in a deal, that could backfire by adding another contender to the mix. This type of deal would deepen the East and therefore affect teams like the Wizards as they aim to knock out Cleveland.
Again, it seems like the Cavs-Celtics trade will be finalized at some point, but if it isn't then things could get very interesting.
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