NBA: 3 biggest winners from the 2022 trade deadline

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Milwaukee Bucks

As part of a four-team trade, the Milwaukee Bucks essentially acquired Serge Ibaka in exchange for Donte DiVincenzo. Even though it’s not a move that’s going to demand many headlines, I love this deal for the Bucks so much. They didn’t panic and still managed to operate in silence in acquiring frontcourt help.

Ibaka is far from the layer that he used to be but he will give the Bucks some much-needed depth, especially considering the amount that uncertainty that surrounds Brook Lopez and his possible return during the latter portion of the playoffs.

Additionally, you have to love the Bucks’ chances even more in the Eastern Conference after the big move that the Nets and Sixers made. Continuity is important in the playoffs and neither of those contenders will have that this season.

The Bucks will undoubtedly be the favorites to come out of the East again.