The Milwaukee Bucks are looking like a fringe playoff team — despite being just 17-24, they’re nipping at the heels of the New York Knicks for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, currently just one game back. But evidently, the Bucks are considering blowing things up anyway. SI’s Sam Amick reports that both Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings are candidates to be dealt before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
Bogut fractured his left ankle on Jan. 25 and has been out ever since; he’s expected to miss at least another month. But the Bucks are hoping to move him anyway, with the understanding that his value isn’t exactly at its highest while the veteran center wears a walking boot. The Warriors and Wizards are among the teams rumored to have expressed interest.
As for Jennings, the third-year point guard is having a solid season, but sources told Amick that Jennings could be available “for the right price.” Jennings, a lottery pick in 2009, drew the ire of the Bucks’ front office with comments made to ESPN.com in early February about a possible departure.
In addition to Bogut and Jennings, their two stars, the Bucks continue to look for avenues to unload the contracts of Stephen Jackson (one year, $10.1 million) or Drew Gooden (three years, $20.1 million). Both players are candidates to be included as throw-ins in a deal for Bogut or Jennings.