May 27, 2024

The Milwaukee Bucks, currently holding the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 32-16 record, are actively seeking additional help despite their strong start to the season. According to a report by Sam Amico from Hoops Wire on February 2, the Bucks are closely monitoring Atlanta Hawks wing De’Andre Hunter as a potential target.

Hawks forward De'Andre Hunter to undergo surgery on ailing right knee |  NBA.com

Hunter, who is in the initial year of a four-year, $90 million contract, has been a focus for the Bucks. In 25 games with the Hawks, he has averaged 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 0.8 steals, shooting 40.3% from three-point range. However, acquiring Hunter without disrupting their starting lineup would likely involve trading Bobby Portis and Pat Connaughton. The Hawks, currently 21-27 and the No. 10 seed in the Eastern Conference, are reportedly open to trade discussions involving Hunter, among other players.

In addition to Hunter, the Bucks have inquired about former Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, but the Memphis Grizzlies have signaled that Smart is not available. The Bucks’ interest in defensive-oriented players reflects their desire to strengthen their roster. However, the challenge lies in their limited assets, having already used them to acquire Jrue Holiday and Damian Lillard. Whether they can secure a deal before the trade deadline remains uncertain, and it hinges on their willingness to part with existing players.

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