nate33 wrote:Ruzious wrote:Bertans is also a possible Milwaukee target - as Marvin Williams has just announced his retirement, and the Bucks will likely either reject their option to keep Ilyasova or trade him. Bucks also desperately need backcourt help.
I was looking at their payroll and couldn't really figure out a way to make a Bertans trade happen - not without sending back some of their remaining guard depth (George Hill). I guess they could opt in on Ilyasova's final year and then use him as ballast along with Robin Lopez, but that ultimately adds to their luxtax bill.
Any chance they let coach Budd go? Now THAT would be a good acquisition!
You're exactly right on the issues regarding a trade with the Bucks. Believe it or not, the Bucks already have a very long thread on who to replace coach Budd. Many are convinced that his record - going back to Atlanta where he also over-achieved - shows that he can't coach in the playoffs. It's not his fault that Milwaukee's backcourt produced nothing in the playoffs. For whatever reasons, George Hill came up empty, DDV sucked during the entire COVID period, and Bledsoe was playing hurt and having his usual postseason demise. And Miami's a real up and coming team with seemingly no weaknesses. Tbh, I'm really looking forward to watching a Miami/Boston series even more than an LA/LA series.