One trade scenario for each Eastern Conference contender to catch up with the Nets

Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets, Knicks, Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers
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Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Bucks Receive: G Terry Rozier

Charlotte Hornets Receive: G D.J. Augustin, C Brook Lopez, MIL 2021 1st Round Pick, MIL 2023 1st Round Pick

After drafting LaMelo Ball as their point guard of the future and after the emergence of Devonte’ Graham last season, many believed Terry Rozier would be the odd-man-out in Charlotte but he has completely shut down all of the haters. Rozier is currently averaging 21.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and is shooting 46.0% from three-point range.

He is currently the second-leading scorer on the Hornets behind Gordon Hayward and could be the impact player the Bucks need to finally make the NBA Finals. This season, the Bucks numbers say they have not struggled, but this team’s offense becomes non-existent at times. 

With Jrue Holiday being out due to health and safety protocols, the Bucks have really struggled to get anything going offensively because their philosophy is to give the ball to Giannis and everyone else get out of the way. 

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Sure, Giannis will be able to score a handful of times doing this and will get fouled a lot, but you cannot win games playing one on four and Antetokounmpo is only shooting 65.4% from the free-throw line this season. When Holiday returns, this team will definitely improve overall, but they are still missing that fourth dynamic scorer to push them over the edge. 

Holiday is averaging 16.4 points per game this year and even though Khris Middleton is averaging 20.5 points per game, he has really struggled this year with teams learning how to guard him. With Middleton struggling, Holiday cannot be the secondary scorer the Bucks need him to be, leaving Giannis all alone to make all of the plays once again. 

This is why they need Terry Rozier. Not only can he play on or off-the-ball as a guard, but Rozier is an extremely dynamic offensive weapon that can help turn this Bucks team into one of the toughest transition teams to guard. 

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In the half-court, the Milwaukee Bucks offensive is one of the worst in the league because all they do is stand around and watch Giannis. In transition though, the Bucks are an extremely lethal team. Adding Rozier to the mix and speeding up the tempo of the game could be exactly what the Bucks need to make their offense the best in the league and what they need to be able to beat the Nets in a 7-game series. 

Giving up Lopez or Augustin do not hurt the Bucks, but giving up their last two first-round picks definitely does. This trade could push the Bucks into the NBA Finals, but it could definitely damage their future of finding more young talent in the draft. 

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