With Khris Middleton’s return to the court unknown after tearing his hamstring on Tuesday, the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to find a way to replace the production of the Bucks’ 2015-16 leading scorer.
The mission to fill Middleton’s void was started Thursday. Milwaukee traded point guard Tyler Ennis to the Houston Rockets for forward Michael Beasley, according to Woj and the Vertical.
Middleton, 25, suffered the torn hamstring during a workout Tuesday. With the season beginning in just more than a month, the Bucks were left scrambling as they tried to find someone to produce while Middleton was recovering. Beasley appears to be one way Milwaukee plans to do that.
Beasley, who is amazingly just 27 years old, has bounced around between a number of NBA teams and has even made a few trips to China. He has had his moments, however. This includes the end of this past season, when he averaged 12.8 points in just over 18 minutes per game.
The move not only gives the Bucks another option at forward, it allows Ennis to get some more on-the-court action. The 18th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft struggled to find playing time in Milwaukee. In Houston, Ennis will probably be able to get more playing time behind the Rockets 39-year-old point guard, Pablo Prigioni.
With the Bucks on the upswing, it’s hard to blame them for trying to make trades to help them get into the playoffs in 2017.