Zach Lowe proposes big trade between Pistons and Bucks
Lowe mentioned that the Bucks have their 2029 pick to go with Grayson Allen’s expiring deal and one of Pat Connaughton and/or Bobby Portis to offer up in a trade for a player in the $20 million range.
His top two targets were Dorian Finney-Smith of the Nets and Bojan Bogdanovic of the Detroit Pistons.
You can listen to the full clip here.
It’s hard to imagine the Pistons getting a valuable expiring deal, a draft pick that could be extremely valuable if it is unprotected and a player like Bobby Portis for Bojan Bogdanovic.
The Pistons haven’t even been able to squeeze one good asset out of teams for Bogdanovic, so getting three might be too much to hope for. But as long as the Pistons could get their hands on that pick, they’d be more inclined to take on the lesser player.
Here is a trade that might work for both teams:
In this trade, the Bucks get another proven scorer to put around Giannis, giving them more firepower and depth in case of injuries.
This trade wouldn’t make them any younger, and in the end, wouldn’t do much to change Giannis’ long-term plans, as Bogdanovic only has one fully guaranteed year left on his deal.
If things worked out, the Bucks could have him for two seasons at a reasonable rate, allowing Giannis to make two more runs at a title. If it didn’t, the Bucks could buy him out and open up a chunk of cap space to go after another star.
It makes sense for them in that it makes them better in the present without changing the future much, as it’s not like Allen and Connaughton are a big part of their long-term plans.
The Bucks would likely want to put protections on the pick, and the Pistons might want them to throw in a different player (Portis would be great), but as is, this is fairly equitable for both teams.
So would the Detroit Pistons be interested?