In a four-team trade at the NBA trade deadline, the Milwaukee Bucks got the piece that they have been missing since last season. A defensive center to replace Brook Lopez, who was a key piece in their championship season last year. Lopez is expected to be out the entire year with an injury.
This trade also involved the Kings, Pistons, and Clippers. In addition to Ibaka, the Bucks got two 2nd-round picks, while the Kings got Donte DiVincenzo from the Bucks and sent Marvin Bagley III to the Pistons. The Kings also acquired Trey Lyles and Josh Jackson from the Pistons. Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye were sent to the Clippers in the deal for Ibaka.
This deal benefits all the teams in the trade, not just the Bucks. The Kings are now able to finally move on from the No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft who has not worked out for them. He will get a fresh start in Detroit.
For Sacramento, the Kings improve defensively by finally getting DiVincenzo who they have been chasing for a while now. They also get an underrated and very solid big man in Trey Lyles and a good bench scorer in Josh Jackson.
The L.A. Clippers unloaded one of their many centers to further craft this roster to accommodate Kawhi Leonard and Paul George upon their return.
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