Bucks, Mavs have talked Bobby Portis-Grant Williams trade

The Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks have discussed a trade involving Bucks big man Bobby Portis Jr. and Mavs forward Grant Williams, per Marc Stein of The Stein Line.Bobby Portis

“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. “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 NBA trade deadline is Thursday.

Portis is averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds, shooting 50 percent from the field and 38 percent on 3-pointers. He signed a four-year, $48 million contract with Milwaukee in July 2022.

Williams is averaging 8.1 points and 3.5 rebounds shooting 41 percent from the field and 37 on threes. He signed a four-year, $53 million contract with Dallas over the summer as part of a sign-and-trade arrangement with the Boston Celtics.

It’s hard to understand what would motivate the Bucks to make such a deal, as Portis has been a key reserve who adds toughness in reserve. He was also a key member of the 2021 NBA championship team.

But as Stein noted, there’s no telling how serious talks have been or if they’re still ongoing. Dallas has been particularly active leading up to the deadline.

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