Milwaukee Bucks Mulling Over Joining Dejounte Murray Pursuit To Address Defensive Void Left By Jrue Holiday
Fresh off acquiring Damian Lillard in the offseason, the Milwaukee Bucks are keeping the momentum going. The latest buzz is that they’re eyeing another high-caliber guard to solidify their backcourt, and Dejounte Murray’s name has entered the picture.
Murray is one of the hottest trade targets this season, averaging 21.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists on 47.1% shooting from the field for the Atlanta Hawks. His talent has drawn interest from multiple suitors, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, and Detroit Pistons.
Now, amidst the coaching change, the Bucks are considering entering the Murray sweepstakes, as reported by Marc Stein. The renowned NBA insider also mentioned that the Bucks may be keeping tabs because they feel defensively vulnerable after trading Jrue Holiday.
“The Milwaukee Bucks are trying to barge their way into the trade chase for Atlanta’s Dejounte Murray… It tells us that Bucks, for all of the offensive potency that Damian Lillard has brought to Brewtown, feel even more vulnerable defensively on the perimeter than they anticipated after being forced to surrender Jrue Holiday to Portland in the original Lillard trade.”
“It’s also difficult to envision how the Bucks could construct such a deal without at least including Bobby Portis, which would create its own significant void. Portis, 28, has two seasons left on his contract after this one.
This much is clear: The Bucks are generally being aggressive on the trade market in search of upgrades — Murray or otherwise.”