Rumor: Bucks also interested in Jahlil Okafor, Tyson Chandler
The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to make some major roster moves.
Gery Woelfel of the Racing Journal Times is reporting that the Bucks, in addition to being interested in DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers, are also interested in acquiring big men from the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns. Per Woelfel:
There has also been ongoing chatter the Bucks are interested in Philadelphia’s Jahlil Okafor, who is being shopped for a first-round draft choice, as well as Phoenix center Tyson Chandler, who has a good rapport with Bucks coach Jason Kidd and whom the Bucks had looked into trading for in the past.
The Clippers, after losing Blake Griffin for two months and already missing Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic, are in trouble. Okafor wants out, and Chandler is on a Phoenix team that is rebuilding around its long players.
Any of those trades would be huge for the Bucks. Milwaukee’s best chance at any of those players may be Okafor, who has already expressed that he wants to be traded or bought out of his contract.
If Jordan doesn’t want to stick around for what feels like an eventual breakup of the Clippers roster, he may be gettable. But the Clippers like him, and he could be a solid piece to build around.
As far as Chandler, he is a veteran player that a young team could learn from. But that’s largely the same role he has in Phoenix now, so he may not be amenable to moving cities for the same opportunity.
Only time will tell what comes to fruition. But if these reports are true, the Bucks look to be major players in the trade market before the deadline in February.