Sep 23, 2016 12:18 PM EDT | By Snooky Grawls
The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired journeyman Michael Beasley from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Tyler Ennis, a move meant to address the sidelining of Khris Middleton. Middleton will be out for six months after suffering a torn hamstring and such left a big scoring hole on the Buck’s frontline. Beasley was seen as a logical choice who is expected to play alongside Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The move could make sense seeing how Beasley was repeatedly criticized for wanting to shoot first than do the other things for a team. He has been on and off in the NBA, rising to the occasion in China where his scoring prowess was off the charts. It remains to be seen how Beasley will fare under coach Jason Kidd’s system given that the team has a lot of other players who can score and probably contribute more.
On the other end, the Houston Rockets may have benefited from the trade as well. Ennis addresses the recurring problems that team has encountered at the point guard position.
Ennis will also get a better chance of play considering the Bucks found themselves a bit overloaded with the acquisition of Matthew Delladedova from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ennis ended up in Milwaukee following a 2015 trade deal together with Michael Carter-Williams and Miles Plumlee for Brandon Knight.
Bucks general manager John Hammond, however, cleared the air that the Beasley acquisition was in no way tied up to the injury of Middleton, JSonline reported. According to Hammond, there were already talks to acquire Beasley in a move meant to uplift the scoring mentality of the Bucks bench. But as mentioned earlier, it may all depend on how Beasley can co-exist with other scorers in the mix, namely Antetokounmpo, Carter-Williams and Parker.
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