Even if the Celtics deal falls through, Kyrie Irving may find himself in green next season; if the deal doesn’t happen, a potential landing spot could be the Milwaukee Bucks, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe:
The Milwaukee Bucks lurk on the fringes of the Irving bidding with an offer centered around Malcolm Brogdon, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, and Khris Middleton, sources say. The Bucks have not yet put a first-round pick on the table, sources say, but the bet here is that they would to get the deal done — or if Irving showed any interest in staying in Milwaukee long-term.
Both Brogdon and Middleton are superb outside shooters; both shot over 40 percent from three-point range last season. Both would surely benefit from playing next to LeBron James; most outside shooters do. Middleton is also a terrific defender and has great size at the shooting guard spot, enabling him to post up on many defenders.
This probably isn’t quite as good a return as the one that Boston offered, especially not without a draft pick involved. It’s not at all a bad deal for the Cavs, though.