The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and for the most part, teams are done making the final adjustments to their rosters. Although a couple of big names relocated after being bought out by their prior teams, the usual suspects in each conference remain favored to reach the Finals.
One team that entered the season as a contender is the Milwaukee Bucks. After getting off to a rough start to the season, the team seems to have hit its stride as of late. A key move before the trade deadline was the acquisition of veteran forward PJ Tucker. Adding a wily veteran to an already elite roster has been a tactic implemented by NBA teams for years.
In 1989, a disgruntled Adrian Dantley complained that Detroit Pistons All-Star guard Isiah Thomas was taking too many shots. Instead of discussing the matter, management sent Dantley to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Isiah’s childhood friend Mark Aguirre. The Pistons would go on to win the world championship that season and would repeat the feat the following year. Milwaukee Bucks fans are hoping Tucker’s arrival in Cream City has the same result as Aguirre’s addition to the Bad Boys all those years ago.
The Milwaukee Bucks have not been to the NBA Finals since 1971. Newly acquired forward PJ Tucker will help them get back to the biggest stage in basketball.
The Milwaukee Bucks recently signed star point guard Jrue Holiday to a four-year extension. Before the season, they managed to convince Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign a super-max extension that would keep him in town long-term. Having already inked All-Star forward Khris Middleton to a long-term deal, the Bucks have secured the best “Big 3” in all of basketball. Adding PJ Tucker to this roster makes them the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in this year’s NBA Finals. Here’s why.