Milwaukee Bucks land Serge Ibaka in 4-team trade on deadline day

LA Clippers Serge Ibaka (Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Milwaukee Bucks land Serge Ibaka to bolster the frontcourt. 

With the trade deadline approaching, teams will be busy on their phones trying to make last-minute changes. The Milwaukee Bucks completed a four-team trade that is headlined by Serge Ibaka landing with the defending NBA Champions.

Don’t expect this to be the last trade that happens today.

Bucks are receiving: 

  • Serge Ibaka (PF/C)
  • Two future second-round picks
  • Cash 

Clippers are receiving: 

  • Rodney Hood (SG/SF)
  • Semi Ojeleye (PF)

Kings are receiving: 

  • Donte DiVincenzo (SG)
  • Trey Lyles (PF)
  • Josh Jackson (SF/SG)

Pistons are receiving: 

  • Marvin Bagley III (PF/C)

As expected the NBA will see some deals go down in the short time that remains in the trade deadline. With the second half of the season approaching, teams have to do what is right for the franchise and sometimes that means trading players who may not have been expecting it. That is how the NBA is run. You can’t forget that at the end of the day the team is a business.

The biggest name involved in this trade would be the 2019 NBA champion Serge Ibaka who is now headed to the reigning champs themselves in the Milwaukee Bucks.  Bobby Portis is currently taking care of the center duties but maybe the Bucks brought Ibaka in to give him some assistance. Veteran center Brook Lopez is still out as of now but is hopeful to make a return to the NBA regular season if all goes well. Milwaukee is currently in second place in the Eastern Conference.

Milwaukee will be getting two future second-round picks in the deal along with cash compensation.

Also involved in this trade is the LA Clippers. On a two-game losing streak and an overall record of 27-29, they are not in bad shape heading into the All-Star break coming up. In this four-way trade, the Clippers are adding Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye to the roster. Hood is in his eighth season as a pro and the Clippers will be his sixth NBA team in that time. The 27-year-old Semi Ojeleye is still trying to make a name for himself and he will now do it in the bright lights of LA.

In the worst shape of all these teams in the trade is the owner of last season’s first overall pick in the draft, the Detroit Pistons. They will be adding the fourth-year pro out of Duke, Marvin Bagley III. Detroit is having a rough season with a 12-42 record which is dead last in the Eastern Conference. The next chapter in Bagley’s career will take place in the Motor City.

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Rounding up this four-team trade is the Sacramento Kings who just a few days ago were involved in a six-man trade with the Indiana Pacers. Those now on the Kings roster include 2021 NBA champion Donte DiVincenzo, Trey Lyles, and Josh Jackson. The Kings clearly wanted to change their roster around and they have done that successfully so far this week.