Milwaukee Bucks promises to run back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo with a redesigned roster to try to transform regular season success into championship pressure. Within hours of Monday night’s bleeding on Tuesday morning, the Bucks reached agreements to acquire two important players, the New Orleans Pelicans guarding Jrue Holiday and the Sacramento Kings striker Bogdan Bogdanovic, sources told ESPN.
Bucks made a significant argument to Antetokounmpo about why he should sign the five-year extension of the supermax, which will soon be available to him.
After concluding the holiday deal late Monday, Bucks and the Kings reached an agreement in principle to sign and trade, which will bring Bogdanovic and Justin James to Bucks, sources said.
The Kings acquire universal striker Donte DiVincenzo, DJ Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova.
Both Holiday and Bogdanovic meet Milwaukee̵
As part of the holiday trade, Milwaukee is sending a package to New Orleans that includes Eric Bledsoe, George Hill and three spades in the first round, sources said.
The trade also includes a pair of swaps to choose from and will eventually amount to something similar to what the Pelicans received from the Lakers last season in a deal that sent Anthony Davis to Los Angeles.
The 30-year-old Holiday was a selection for the NBA first team in defense in 2017-18 and a selection for the second team in 2018-19. He just missed being named on the team last season.
Holiday has a reputation in the league as one of the best defenders and the best bilateral guard. He averaged 19.1 points and 6.7 assists last season.
The vacation will be paid for $ 25.4 million for the 2020-21 season and there is a player option for $ 26.3 million for next year.
New Orleans adds to its battle box of choice that includes the Lakers Lottery 2021 (8-30), which becomes unprotected in 2022; the right to swap to choose the first round in 2023 Lakers; and an exchange in 2024 or 2025 for another initial round.
The draft selections give the team even more flexibility, as New Orleans seems to be building for the future around Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, who is a limited free agent but someone the Pelicans see as a key building block ahead.
Holiday spent the last seven seasons in New Orleans, acquiring him on a Philadelphia 76ers night project in 2013, following his lone All-Star season. His first three years in New Orleans were filled with injuries, but in the last four seasons he has consolidated his status as one of the best defenders in the league.
This status was supported by several NBA stars last offseason. Portland Trail Blazers keeper Damian Lillard told New Orleans teammate Jay Reddick that Holiday was “the best defender in the league” in August during a role in Reddick’s podcast “The Old Man & The Three.”
In September, again in Reddick’s podcast, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durand called Holiday “probably the best quarterback in the guard’s league.”
The 28-year-old Bogdanovic is a universal offensive winger created for the modern NBA – voluminous 3-point shooting and an effective playmaker. Last season, he made nine 3 seconds for 36 minutes for the Kings and shot 37.2% of the depth. This number jumps to 40.7% when catching and shooting with 3 points.
It is also effective on the go. Bogdanovic posted good numbers coming off screens and dribbling hands-on, and did well on pushing the ball to the floor in the Kings’ hasty offense last season, averaging 15.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds. 29 minutes per match.
Bledsoe, who will turn 31 before the new campaign begins, played nearly three seasons in Milwaukee and averaged 14.9 points, 5.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 2019-20 as Bucks’ starting guard. Bledsoe was a selection for the first team in defense in 2018-19 and a selection for the second team last season.
He has three years left for a four-year extension of $ 70 million, signed before the 2019-20 season. Bledsoe owes $ 16.9 million in 2020-21, $ 18.1 million in 2021-22 and $ 19.4 million in 2022-23, although the last year is only partially guaranteed, at $ 3.9 million.
Hill, 34, has two years out of his contract. He should receive $ 9.6 million next season and $ 10 million next year, although as with Bledsoe, last year is only partially guaranteed, at $ 1.3 million.
Hill led the NBA in shooting 46.0% from a range of 3 points last season – just before 45.3% of Reddick. Hill averaged 9.4 points per game as a key reserve for Milwaukee in 2019-20.