How Does Kyrie-IT Trade Affect Bucks This Season?
When Milwaukee Bucks open up the season against Boston and Cleveland, there will be some new faces on each team. Milwaukee will be there for the debut of Kyrie Irving in Boston while Isaiah Thomas will be suited for Cleveland for Bucks home opener. In one of the more crazier moves, Irving and Thomas were moved for each other plus Jae Crowder and the 2018 Brooklyn pick all went to Cleveland. Does Kyrie making a move to Beantown, or IT heading to The Land affect Milwaukee in any way?
Bucks are likely going to be slotted by experts as the fourth or fifth-best team in the Eastern Conference. Those are pretty high stakes, and Bucks will likely be battling with these two teams all season long. Could either of these deals hurt a team to let Bucks move up to a three or even (gulp) a two? It’s definitely possible for each team. Maybe a little less with Boston, but they’re missing Avery Bradley which will mean their defense takes a hit, so who knows. Cleveland seems a little messy. I’m not sure how IT and LeBron plan to play with each other considering Thomas needs the ball frequently. He’s not an off-ball guy. I could see it causing some real issues with the team.
Both teams will likely get off to a slow start considering this is a brand new teammates. Bucks have got to take advantage early in the season and jump out to be one of the best in the Eastern Conference. These two teams are going to be strong around Christmas until the end of the year. If Bucks can develop some sort of lead early on, they may be able to hold on to it throughout the year.
NBA never sleeps, man. You thought it was dead? Oh no no.