ESPN Floats a Boogie for Jabari Swap
In ESPN’s preview article for the Milwaukee Bucks season, there were a ton of ideas, predictions and thoughts about the 2017-2018. One of those thoughts was for the New Orleans Pelicans to trade DeMarcus Cousins to Milwaukee for Jabari Parker and John Henson. That’s a real deal that’s been put out there by the mothership. With Parker’s pending extension looming a deadline and Joel Embiid getting a fat deal for 30 games, some concern has set in as to if Bucks want to pay Parker, so, is Boogie worth pursuing?
Yes. He is worth the squeeze because Cousins is a better-than-average player who is not ready to be the man on his own his team. Much like Carmelo Anthony, Cousins will be better suited as a really good secondary player. Cousins possesses a beautiful skillset of post moves, a slight jumper and the ability to grab rebounds with the best of them with the occasional block shot thrown into the mix. He’s a five-tool player (We use this in baseball, but doesn’t make sense in basketball too nowadays, just a thought), and Milwaukee should suit him just fine. He loved Sacramento, the city, which is comparable to Milwaukee, and a new arena with new facilities will always be a draw.
If Milwaukee gives up on Parker for a supposed problem child like Boogie, will the casual fan call this a failure? Probably, but you cannot control knee injuries or the rising market of what it takes to keep players. My podcast buddy Mitch is adamant that the Bucks cannot pay Jabari more than Giannis Antetokounmpo, and I’m with him on that. I do think if Jabari signs a large deal that’s worth more than Giannis, the Alphabet will be getting an extension much sooner than any of us think.
ESPN is buying into the Bucks hype more than anyone else with putting Milwaukee as the two seed in the Eastern Conference. I’m not sure that’s smart or good for the team, but who knows, we’ve seen crazier things happen.