3 trades Bucks must make to repeat as NBA champions
The Milwaukee Bucks have finally won an NBA Championship after a 50-year drought. Giannis Antetokounmpo led this team behind a historic Game 6 closeout performance. He took home Finals MVP honors and solidified himself as a top player in the league.
Giannis was always discredited for not having playoff success, but he has now won a championship at the age of 26. The Bucks now need to shift their focus to building a roster that can repeat.
Here are 3 trades the Bucks must make to repeat as NBA champions.
Three (3) Bucks trades for a repeat:
3. Guard Rajon Rondo
With impending free-agent guard Jeff Teague potentially leaving, the Bucks need to lock for a backup point guard. Rajon Rondo would be the perfect backup guard as he is he has championship experience. He is one of the smartest players in the league and a great playmaker.
The most improved part of Rondo’s game is his three-point shooting. Rondo shot 40.4 percent from behind the arc this season which is near the top of the league. With his newfound three-point shooting, Rondo would be a perfect fit for the Bucks.
If the Bucks can make this deal, they will have their leader of the bench unit.
2. Guard Jeremy Lamb
Something the Bucks were missing this season was a good bench scorer. Jeremy Lamb would be able to fill that role and shouldn’t be super difficult to trade for. He is coming off of an injury and is on the Indiana Pacers who are rumored to be entering a rebuild.
Lamb averaged a decent 10.1 points per game in his 36 games while shooting 40.6 percent from three, but he’s proven to be a highly capable scorer in previous years. He would be a great offensive fit next to Giannis and would elevate the offensive production.
If the Bucks can acquire Lamb, the bench unit will be improved next season.
1. Forward Robert Covington
Robert Covington is an elite three and d wing that would be a fantastic fit with the Bucks. Covington has averaged 12.1 points per game in his career along with 5.0 rebounds. He shot at a high clip from three at 37.9 percent this season with the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Blazers could be entering a rebuild amid Damian Lillard trade rumors, which means Covington would be available. With P.J. Tucker entering free agency and being 36 years old, the Bucks need to look for a replacement. He would be a great offensive and defensive fit due to his versatility.
Covington would be a dream trade target, and the Bucks must make an offer for him.
What will next season look like?
The Bucks are on the road to repeat now, but that will be a difficult journey. There is so much talent in the NBA and it is very hard to repeat as champions. The Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, and so many other teams will be back fully healthy with a vengeance.
On the other hand, the roster now has championship experience and will have another year to build chemistry. The big three of Giannis, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton will likely take a jump next season. The main weakness this season was the lack of three-point shooting. If the Bucks can add some shooters in the offseason, they have a good shot at repeating.
These trades aforementioned would provide them with shooters and veteran leadership. Look for the Bucks to have another great season as they try to repeat as champions.