Report: Bucks, Mavericks Have Discussed Bobby Portis-Grant Williams Trade

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According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks have discussed a Bobby Portis-Grant Williams trade.

The NBA trade deadline is on February 8.

“The Bucks and Mavericks, league sources say, have held exploratory discussions on a trade that would swap Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis Jr. and Dallas newcomer Grant Williams,” Stein wrote in his NBA column. “It is not yet known if the talks will progress to something more serious. Williams’ first season in Dallas has been undeniably disappointing, but his ability to guard a wide variety of players is said to intrigue Milwaukee, which is known to be searching for defensive upgrades.”

The Mavericks are 26-23 on the season. They are in eighth place in the West. Meanwhile, the Bucks are 33-17. They are in second place in the East.

If the season ended today, the Mavericks would be in the NBA play-in tournament despite having Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

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Williams is averaging 8.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.6 blocks this season while shooting 41.0% from the field, 37.3% from beyond the arc and 72.9% from the free-throw line. He signed a four-year, $53 million contract with the Mavericks last offseason as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Boston Celtics.

Meanwhile, Portis is averaging 12.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.4 blocks while shooting 50.0% from the floor, 38.0% from 3 and 77.9% from the foul line. The NBA champion signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Bucks in July 2022.

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Williams is making $12.4 million this season, while Portis is making $11.7 million. The former has career averages of 6.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks with the Celtics and Mavericks and the latter has career averages of 11.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks with the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks and Bucks.

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