CBS With the Khris Middleton hamstring injury eliminating him from the team’s plans for the next six months, the Milwaukee Bucks needed a quick stopgap option in order to help out some depth issues. There aren’t a lot of easy options without the Bucks giving up a valuable asset in return, so instead of a big shakeup, they’ve decided to go lower risk, lower reward before training camp begins next week. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that the Bucks have acquired former No. 2 pick Michael Beasley from the Houston Rockets in exchange for point guard prospect Tyler Ennis. This makes the Bucks Beasley’s fifth NBA franchise in his career. Without Middleton on the floor, this team was missing their best scorer and a valuable defender. While defense will certainly be a question with Beasley earning some minutes in Middleton’s place, his scoring ability could help offset some of the loss from Middleton. It’ll just be much different scoring. Beasley is often an isolation-heavy, mid-range type of scorer, and not the rangy wing the Bucks are used to with Middleton. Overall, Beasley is a career 34.3 percent 3-point shooter, but has never been consistent year-to-year and isn’t a high volume outside shooter. However, he’s a veteran option that only cost them Ennis, who hasn’t really had much opportunity since joining the NBA as the 18th pick in the 2014 draft. Ennis is now joining his third team in three seasons after being drafted by the Phoenix Suns and ending up in Milwaukee during the Brandon Knight trade. The 22-year old point guard has played just over 1,000 career minutes in 79 games over two seasons.
When the Milwaukee Bucks announced that forward Khris Middleton suffered a torn hamstring and would be out for over six months after undergoing surgery, we heard rumors that they were aggressively working the phone lines, trying to acquire a scorer who could help them with spacing the floor as Middleton was their best (and really only) consistent shooter. This is not what I thought they were trying to do when I heard the rumor. Trading Tyler Ennis makes sense, and Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd only likes big point guards, but why the hell would they trade for Michael Beasley? Not only does Michael Beasley have off court issues, but I am not sure how he fits the Bucks system, or how he even gets on the court. The Bucks front court rotation includes Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greg Monroe, John Henson, Jabari Parker, Miles Plumlee, rookie Thon Maker and now Michael Beasley with guards Michael Carter-Williams and Matthew Dellavedova. Not a lot of sharp shooters in that mix, and the Bucks will have to rely on the development of Rashad Vaughn, veteran Jason Terry and forward Mirza Teletovic to stretch the floor. The Bucks need to trade a front court player or two, and acquire a sharp shooter to stretch the floor, until then expect the lane to be very clogged in Milwaukee.
In regards to Tyler Ennis, he was the third point guard on the depth chart in Milwaukee and was expendable, plus Jason Kidd does not like small point guards. Ennis gets a fresh start in Houston, but as a point guard, playing with James Harden is extremely difficult as he brings up the ball. Current Rockets point guard Patrick Beverly is more of a “3 and D” guy, and if Ennis is going to get a chance to prove he can play, he’s going to have to do it in stretches when Harden is on the bench.