This is probably as cheap as it gets for the Milwaukee Bucks and it all depends on how highly the Spurs value Khris Middleton.
More from Milwaukee Bucks
- Bucks Film Room Podcast: 3 Positive Takeaways
- Milwaukee Bucks Notebook: “Do Your Work Early”
- Bucks Film Room Podcast: Position-by-Position Look at Rotation
- 3 Bucks Who Need to Step Up after Jae Crowder’s Injury
- 10 Takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks First 10 Games
You’ll also notice a theme in these three trades that Middleton is the common denominator along with Leonard. It’s impossible to get back a top-five two-way player in the NBA without giving up one of your best assets.
Middleton had a great performance in the playoffs against the Boston Celtics and should have an all-time high trade value. The Bucks could leverage that and use him as a centerpiece in this trade.
Milwaukee would also have to add some sweeteners and salary in this deal in order to make a legal trade. Thus D.J. Wilson and the 17th overall pick. Now, Milwaukee can’t trade the pick before they actually select someone, but they could grab whoever the Spurs want and then announce that player as part of a deal later on.
If the Spurs ask, Milwaukee also shouldn’t hesitate to add a player like Thon Maker to this deal. Some people may be high on him, but he’s not nearly good enough to be the deal-breaker in a trade for Leonard.