The Bucks clearly lack leadership in the backcourt, and they don’t have a guard that can knock down shots in clutch moments during games. Those issues hurt them big-time in the playoffs, and winning only one game in their second-round series simply doesn’t cut it with having reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on their roster.
As such, there’s been a lot of talk about them potentially trading for Chris Paul. The Thunder do appear headed for a rebuild or retooling of sorts, having parted ways with head coach Billy Donovan, and their veteran stars — Chris Paul, Dennis Schroder and Steven Adams among them — all could be on the move this offseason.
The Thunder, under general manager Sam Presti, have a history of acquiring veterans on the cheap, then trading them away for a massive haul in return. Paul’s stock is currently the highest it’s been in years, and it sure looks like the team will move him in the coming months. Enter the Bucks, a team that lacks a point guard who can make shots and lead a team, especially in the playoffs, given what we’ve seen from an unproven Eric Bledsoe. CP3 could be exactly what they need, and pairing him with Giannis could work well, but the team reportedly won’t make a move to acquire the veteran point guard, according to Eric Nehm and Sam Amick of The Athletic.
The Bucks did reportedly tell Antetokounmpo they’re willing to pay the luxury tax to improve their roster and make a deep playoff run next season, but apparently, Paul isn’t in their plans.