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Bucks trying to trade pair of vets

June 17, 2019 - 3:34 pm

The Milwaukee Bucks have some big decisions looming as NBA Free Agency approaches. Khris Middleton, expected to opt-out of his current contract, Malcolm Brogdon and Brook Lopez -- among other key contributors -- are due for new deals and more money. So, the team needs cap space. There are limited options to create cap space. The Bucks are already looking into at least one of those:

The Bucks only hold the No. 30 pick in Thursday's draft, meaning the Bucks could be without a draft choice this year if any such deal were to take place. 

Last season with the Bucks, Snell averaged 6.0 points, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals and 17.6 minutes per game while shooting .397 from three. He's undercontract through the upcoming season with a player option for 2020-21; those two years create cap hits of $11.6 and $12.4 million, respectively. If the Bucks were to release him this offseason, instead of trading him, it would generate $23.6 million in dead cap space.

Ilyaosva averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.3 blocks and 18.4 minutes per game with a .363 three-point shooring percentage for the Bucks last season. He's due to make $7 million in 2019-20 with another $7 million non-guaranteed year to follow. 

While both players dealt with injuries throughout the season, Ilyasova played in all 15 playoff games -- averaging close to his regular-season averages. Snell, who played in just nine playoff games, saw drastically reduced production.