The 3rd Man In

Milwaukee Needs Some Excitement

The Milwaukee Bucks are headed to rebuilding mode, with Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, and J.J. Reddick all set to hit the open market, and they need to draft a player to bring excitement and energy to the city of Milwaukee. The only problem is, at the 15th overall pick in the draft, there are no players to get excited about. In order to find that player they either need to move up to one of the top five selections of the draft, or acquire a well-known and successful veteran player. While there have been rumors of the Bucks doing both of these things, trading for a big name player is the better option.

The Milwaukee Bucks have been rumored to be showing interested in Paul Pierce. While Pierce would prefer to play for a contending team next year, the Bucks still have a possibility of landing his services. The Boston Celtics would rather receive something in return for Pierce than buying him out before free agency, giving the Bucks some hope that a deal could get done.

If the Bucks were able to land Paul Pierce for their first round pick, he would instantly create buzz and excitement in Milwaukee. While the Bucks would have to pay $15.3 million on the final year of his deal, it would be better than drafting a player who will need years to possibly develop into a solid NBA player. Even at age 36, he is still capable of averaging near 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game, no matter what uniform he is wearing.

The Bucks need to generate excitement and energy with their 15th overall selection. To do this, it will not be by drafting a player, but acquiring one via trade in Paul Pierce. While Paul Pierce to the Milwaukee Bucks looks like along shot right now, this is a win-win for both franchises, and it would not be surprising if it were able to get completed on draft night.

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