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The Milwaukee Bucks have an offer lined up if the Cleveland Cavaliers’ trade of Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics falls through, according to a report from ESPN.
Per the report, the Bucks’ offer is centered on second-year point guard Malcolm Brogdon and forward Khris Middleton. Brogdon is the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year.
The Cavs and Celtics are revisiting talks that would send Irving to the Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick.
“The Bucks have not yet put a first-round pick on the table, sources say, but the bet here is that they would to get the deal done — or if Irving showed any interest in staying in Milwaukee long-term,” ESPN reported.
For now, it appears the Cavs are moving ahead with the Celtics trade, and are hopeful it gets finalized. But the Bucks are apparently among the teams ready to start negotiating if the Cavs decide Thomas’ hip injury requires extra compensation.
“Brogdon and Middleton are good,” ESPN wrote. “They can shoot 3-pointers, and switch across multiple positions on defense. They are tailor-made to help the Cavs mimic the Golden State Warriors, the only team LeBron James really cares about right now.”
Sources told Amico Hoops the Cavs could also re-open negotiations with the Phoenix Suns in the event the Celtics trade is vetoed.