The Milwaukee Bucks’ experiment with center Greg Monroe, who can’t hit a free throw, and point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who can’t hit a jump shot, appears to be over.
Reports out of Milwaukee state that both Monroe and Carter-Williams are on the trading block for a Bucks squad that has completely struggled this season.
Before the pair arrived in Milwaukee, the Bucks were a playoff team and were one of the NBA teams seen as a rising power in the Eastern Conference.
The Bucks are currently the third-worst team in the East with a 20-31 win-loss card; disappointing for a team that finished 41-41 last season and made the postseason as the conference’s sixth seed.
Should the Bucks be aggressive before the trade deadline this season and try to turn their fate around and make the postseason? Which playoff (or title) contender can use both Monroe and Carter-Williams this season?
Here’s a blockbuster trade for the Bucks, via ESPN’s Trade Machine:
Milwaukee Bucks – Houston Rockets Trade:
Greg Monroe ($16M), O.J. Mayo ($8M), Michael Carter-Williams ($2.4M) and Miles Plumlee ($2.1M) for Dwight Howard ($22M) and Ty Lawson ($12.4M)
Why this NBA trade will make the Bucks better:
Lawson is a special talent when he gets the playing time while Howard, despite the injury issues, remain one of the top centers in the league when he’s healthy. Both can help the Bucks for a second half of the season-push for a postseason slot.
Financially, it works well for the Bucks too; Howard and Lawson have two years left in their respective deals and they will save some cash by unloading the three-year contract of Monroe.
Lawson has had alcohol issues that has derailed is career in the NBA. With Jason Kidd having history with alcohol problems in the past, the Bucks head coach might just be the person Lawson needs for inspiration on how to return to his old self
Why the Rockets need to make this NBA rumor a reality to help their goal of an NBA title:
Monroe has the same free throw problems as Howard but has more post moves; something the Rockets need in the postseason when they match up with the San Antonio Spurs or something they want to use to punish a smaller team like the Golden State Warriors.
Even with Howard, Harden is the lone consistent offensive threat for the Rockets this year and the past seasons. With Monroe, Harden’s offensive load will be lessened somewhat and the Rockets have the option to get some more points in the paint.
Flipping Lawson for a Carter-Williams would be a coup for Houston as Lawson never found his role with this Rockets squad.
Depth charts for both teams after this probable Bucks-Rockets trade:
Point Guards: Ty Lawson/Jerryd Bayless/Greives Vazquez/Tyler Ennis
Shooting Guards: Khris Middleton/Rashad Vaughn
Small Forwards: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Power Forwards: Jabari Parker/Chris Copeland/Johnny O’Bryant
Centers: Dwight Howard/John Henson/Miles Plumlee
Point Guards: Patrick Beverley/Michael Carter-Williams
Shooting Guards: James Harden/Jason Terry/Marcus Thornton/OJ Mayo
Small Forwards: Trevor Ariza/Corey Brewer/K.J. McDaniels/Sam Dekker
Power Forwards: Clint Capela/Josh Smith/Miles Plumlee
Centers: Greg Monroe/ Terrence Jones
Should the Bucks give up on Monroe and Carter-Williams this season? Are the Rockets willing trade partners?
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