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Rumor: Bucks in trade pursuit of Rockets’ Robert Covington, P.J. Tucker

Bucks, Robert Covington, P.J. Tucker, Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Houston Rockets might well be ripe for the taking in the final month-plus of the NBA offseason, and the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to take advantage.

Russell Westbrook has demanded a trade, and P.J. Tucker is apparently irate with his current contract situation. Additionally, new general manager Rafael Stone has already suggested the team could look much different next year.

Meanwhile, the Bucks are still hoping to surround Giannis Antetokounmpo with assets, and they might hope to trade with Houston.

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reports the Bucks are looking to move point guard Eric Bledsoe and are also after both Tucker and Rockets wing Robert Covington:

Multiple league sources say the Bucks are active in trade discussions; they’re looking to move on from Eric Bledsoe, and have offered him to several teams. They’re also in pursuit of Rockets forwards Robert Covington and P.J. Tucker.

Both Tucker and Covington appear to be solid fits in Milwaukee.

Tucker is an undersized 4-man who provides interior toughness and can also spread the floor with his ability to shoot it from deep, especially from the corners.

Similarly, Covington is a long wing defender who is also capable of getting hot from beyond the arc. Tucker and Covington would also be ideal in the sense they are each on team-friendly deals (Tucker is on an expiring contract) and would keep Milwaukee’s future books mostly clear.

The Bucks would appear to need all the spacing they can get after another playoff disappointment. Milwaukee was dominated by the Miami Heat, who were content to pack the paint and send help defenders at Antetokounmpo whenever necessary.

Although the Bucks might be more hopeful to acquire a legitimate star like Chris Paul, they could do worse than acquiring Tucker or Covington, both of whom provide shooting and defense.