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NBA Rumors: Ranking Milwaukee Bucks' Most Likely Trade Candidates

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIFebruary 13, 2013

NBA Rumors: Ranking Milwaukee Bucks' Most Likely Trade Candidates

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    The 2013 NBA Trade Deadline is Thursday, February 21 at 12 p.m. Pacific Time. The team most commonly linked with this highly anticipated day is the Milwaukee Bucks.

    The question is, which players from Milwaukee could actually be dealt?

    From stars to role players, very few players have been labeled off-limits. With that being said, there are a select few that have been referenced on a rather consistent basis.

    So who is most likely to be dealt by the trade deadline?

6. Drew Gooden

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    Position: Power Forward

    Age: 31

    Experience: 11th Season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    9.98 PER, 9.8 MPG, 3.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG

     

    Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld.com reports that the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to trade power forward Drew Gooden.

    As nice as that would be for the Bucks, it's very unlikely that a deal transpires. Why? It's all about the money.

    Gooden is owed $13,374,800 over the next two seasons. For a 31-year-old that shot just 43.7 percent from the field in 2011-12, that's unlikely to be too appealing.

    That is, unless Gooden is included in a deal with one of Milwaukee's stars.

5. Monta Ellis

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 27

    Experience: 8th Season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    15.14 PER, 18.2 PPG, 5.5 APG, 3.8 RPG, 1.9 SPG

     

    According to Chad Ford of ESPN, the Milwaukee Bucks are very active in terms of potential trade talks.

    One of the players most commonly linked with Milwaukee in that regard is shooting guard Monta Ellis.

    The issue, of course, is that Ellis is owed $11 million in 2013-14. The right buyer for Ellis would need to be a team in need of a scorer that has deep pockets.

    There aren't very many of those on the market.

    So how likely is it that a team pulls the trigger on a player averaging 18.2 points and 5.5 assists? About as likely as their ignoring his slash line of .399/.236/.795.

    Barring injuries or an upcoming improvement in efficiency, Ellis isn't going anywhere.

4. Ersan Ilyasova

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    Position: Forward

    Age: 25

    Experience: 5th Season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    17.41 PER, 25.4 MPG, 11.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 43.5% 3PT

     

    During the 2012 NBA offseason, the Milwaukee Bucks re-signed Ersan Ilyasova to a five-year deal worth $40 million (via Fox Sports Wisconsin).

    According to Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld.com, that isn't preventing the Toronto Raptors from expressing interest in acquiring the combo forward.

    Chad Ford of ESPN confirms that Ilyasova is available at the right price.

    There is good reason for teams to be interested in Ilyasova. He's shooting 43.5 percent from beyond the arc and has proven capable of dominating the glass.

    The question is, would a team acquire Ilyasova to play the 3 or 4? That could be the difference from his being a rebounding machine or not.

    Either way, he's an attractive piece—one whose contract is the only question mark.

3. Samuel Dalembert

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    Position: Center

    Age: 31

    Experience: 11th Season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    20.01 PER, 16.8 MPG, 7.1 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.5 BPG

     

    According to Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld.com, the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to trade center Samuel Dalembert.

    Marc Stein of ESPN corroborated this story, but added a precautionary measure.

    Starting center Larry Sanders is currently sidelined with a lower back contusion (via Bucks PR). This could lead the Bucks to keeping Dalembert in Milwaukee.

    It doesn't hurt Dalembert's chances of remaining with the Bucks that he's posted five double-doubles in his past eight games.

    Should Sanders return, trade speculation would be likely to continue. With that being said, Dalembert is a very efficient player and a veteran in an inexperienced frontcourt. While his expiring contract makes Dalembert an attractive trade piece, Milwaukee may be hesitant to let him go.

    With interior defense always a need, however, don't be shocked to see the veteran big man on the move.

2. Brandon Jennings

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    Position: Point Guard

    Age: 23

    Experience: 4th Season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    16.59 PER, 18.5 PPG, 6.1 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.9 SPG

     

    Brandon Jennings is viewed by many as the Milwaukee Bucks' franchise player.

    With that being said, Jennings made waves in 2012 when he claimed he'd be "doing his homework on big-market teams" (via ESPN).

    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Dallas Mavericks may grant him an early Christmas present in that regard.

    Mavs, I'm told, do have interest in Brandon Jennings and will be in mix for him if Bucks opt to make RFA-to-be available b4 Feb. 21 deadline

    — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 13, 2013

    Not only does this deal make sense, but it's quite likely to transpire.

    Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. However, Stein reports that there is a "99.5 percent chance" that CP3 re-signs with L.A.

    Beyond him, the next-best point guard could be Tyreke Evans—a restricted free agent.

    Although the Mavs could pursue Jennings during this coming period of free agency, he too is an RFA. In other words, Milwaukee could match any offer.

    Expect Dallas to pull the trigger for Jennings and take a wait-and-see approach as they gauge the possibility of letting B.J. walk in favor of CP3 this Summer.

    In case Paul re-signs, the Mavs would be able to re-sign Jennings for the long term.

1. Beno Udrih

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    Position: Point Guard

    Age: 30

    Experience: 9th Season

    2012-13 Season Averages

    14.46 PER, 19.1 MPG, 7.2 PPG, 3.7 APG, 2.2 RPG

     

    Marc Stein of ESPN reports that reserve point guard Beno Udrih is available should a team make an acceptable offer for him.

    Chad Ford of ESPN confirms that report.

    Udrih is a very interesting potential trade piece, as the market for point guards is always there. The fact that Udrih is shooting 48.1 percent from the floor certainly doesn't hurt his cause.

    For that reason, the likelihood of a trade is very high.

    Udrih could join a contender and contribute quality minutes. With injuries striking backcourts early and often this season, Udrih could be one of the most attractive point guards available.

    The fact that Udrih has an expiring contract makes him all the more likely to be dealt.

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