Bucks Acquire $33 Million All-Defense Wing in Exciting Trade Deal


The Milwaukee Bucks’ Potential Trade Target: Matisse Thybulle

The Milwaukee Bucks are in pursuit of another NBA title and are eyeing an infusion of wing defense to bolster their chances. With limited assets at their disposal, the Bucks’ options are constrained, but one player who could potentially fit the bill is Matisse Thybulle of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Thybulle has earned a reputation as one of the league’s premier wing defenders, having been named to the NBA All-Defense team in both 2021 and 2022. With the Bucks seeking to fortify their defensive capabilities, a potential trade for Thybulle has gained traction. The proposed trade, conceived by Alex Krov of Brewhoops, outlines the Bucks acquiring Thybulle in exchange for Pat Connaughton, MarJon Beauchamp, and a 2024 Second-Round Pick.

Krov emphasizes the immediate impact Thybulle could have on the Bucks’ defense, citing his defensive versatility against top offensive talents in the Eastern Conference. With the postseason in mind, Thybulle’s ability to make life easier for his teammates while posing challenges for opponents is deemed crucial. Krov draws parallels between Thybulle’s potential role and the defensive contributions of former Bucks player Jrue Holiday, underscoring the value Thybulle could bring to the team.

Bucks Predicted to Add Defense

As the NBA trade deadline draws near, speculation on potential moves intensifies. Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz forecasts the Bucks making a significant move to acquire a point-of-attack defender, identifying the need to enhance their defensive prowess in order to contend for a championship. Swartz highlights examples of players who could fulfill this role, with Matisse Thybulle emerging as a viable target for the Bucks. While acknowledging the challenges associated with acquiring defensive stalwarts like Marcus Smart and Alex Caruso, Swartz posits that Thybulle may be the most feasible option for the Bucks.

Bucks X Account Responds to Charles Barkley’s Take

Prior to a matchup against the Boston Celtics, renowned basketball analyst Charles Barkley proclaimed the Celtics as the league’s top team. In a resounding victory against the Celtics, the official Bucks account offered a pointed response to Barkley’s assertion, adding an intriguing narrative to the brewing rivalry. The addition of Matisse Thybulle to the Bucks’ roster could transform future contests against the Celtics, further fueling the anticipation surrounding potential trades.

Matt John covers the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns for Heavy.com. A Massachusetts native, he has covered the NBA since 2018, with stops at FanSided, Basketball News, and Basketball Insiders. More about Matt John


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I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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