Report: Bucks hoping to make deal before season starts

Ashish Mathur

The Milwaukee Bucks are still hoping to make a deal before the season starts, according to a report from Gary Woelfel of WoelfelsPressBox.

Woelfel names John Henson, Malcolm Brogdon and Tony Snell as the players most likely to go, but says Eric Bledsoe has also been mentioned as a trade candidate.

Milwaukee acquired Bledsoe this past season from the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 17.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the regular season, shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from three.

Bledsoe struggled in the playoffs, though, as he got outplayed by Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier. In the seven-game series versus Boston, Bledsoe posted 13.6 points while Rozier averaged 17.6. The 28-year-old Bledsoe is slated to make $15 million next season and will be an unrestricted free-agent in the summer of 2019.

The Bucks drafted Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo with the 17th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, making Bledsoe and Brogdon expendable. Milwaukee tried to trade guard Matthew Dellavedova on draft night, but wasn't able to find a suitor for him.

Dellavedova has two years left on his deal. He will make $9.6 million the next two seasons.

The Bucks hired former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer as their new head coach.