The Milwaukee Bucks have Eric Bledsoe at the point, although let’s be real here, most of the time you want the ball in Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s hands. Still, there was a lack of depth the Bucks could trust at the point behind Bledsoe.
Enter veteran George Hill.
The Bucks save $18 million in salary next summer with this move (Hill is in the final year of his contract), which means they can pay Kris Middleton, keep Malcolm Brogdon, and still have roughly $20 million to make a splash in the free agent market. The Bucks want to contend, this move puts them in position to have the players around the Greek Freak to be a force in future seasons.
Plus, in the short term, the “win now” Bucks get a little better a solid veteran guard who can be part of their rotation, playing the one or the two.
The Wizards shave about $5 million off their tax bill as the third team.
What the Cavaliers do is take on long-term salary to get draft picks in 2021 — this is a team accepting it is in rebuilding mode and making smart moves to help that along (although those may not be good 2021 picks, the Bucks could be a force that season).
This trade is a win for the Bucks — they get better now and more flexible going forward.
For the Cavaliers, they may not have done much better and this trade fits with their long-term goals.