Milwaukee Bucks Fans Sound Off on Marcus Smart Trade Rumors
Nov 10, 2023; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Marcus Smart (36) reacts during the first half against the Utah Jazz at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
With the February trade deadline fast approaching, one player that has been linked to the Milwaukee Bucks is Marcus Smart. The former Defensive Player of the Year is now plying his trade with the Memphis Grizzlies after the Boston Celtics traded him this past summer as part of the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster deal.
As it turns out, Smart could now be on Milwaukee’s radar — at least according to the rumor mill.
Marcus Smart to the Milwaukee Bucks?
Oct 20, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Khris Middleton (22) catches a pass in front of Memphis Grizzlies guard Marcus Smart (36) in the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
As of writing, there appears to be no concrete evidence of the Bucks registering interest in Smart. However, like they always say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
Smart would be a massive addition for Milwaukee. He would help fill the defensive void Jrue Holiday left when the Bucks shipped him off to Boston. Few defensive guards in the NBA have the same caliber as Smart.
The big question, however, is whether or not the Bucks have enough assets to make this deal work. If the Grizzlies place him on the trade block (which is a big IF), then surely, they would require a massive haul in exchange for the three-time All-Defense guard.
Would you like a Smart trade to the Bucks? pic.twitter.com/N2zsmmqyWu
— Bucks Muse (@BucksMuse) December 10, 2023
May 15, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) congratulates Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) after the Celtics win in game seven of the second round of the 2022 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (NBA News)
You can’t blame Bucks fans for showing a lot of excitement surrounding this potential trade, though. Smart is a big name with a big reuptation, and for the most part, Milwaukee supporters are more than happy to see him take his talents to Wisconsin:
Trade season is coming so we shall all see soon enough if this rumor has any merit.
May 13, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus S (36) falls away from Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the fourth quarter during game six of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (NBA News)