Bruce Brown trade rumors: Bucks, Knicks swirl over the Raptors forward ahead of deadline

February 8 holds much importance in the NBA. It is the league trade deadline, which signifies the last set of changes a team can make before they head into the final stretch of the season.

With just over a day left until the deadline, Raptors player Bruce Brown has been the talk of the town, with multiple franchises looking forward to adding the competent player to their roster. It’s also hard for the Raptors to decide what to do with Brown, who is new to the city and the team.

Bucks and Knicks in the mix for Bruce Brown trade

The Doc Rivers era has not started the way Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks would have hoped and now it seems as if they need a formidable player to patch up their issues and help them perform to their best potential.

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Bruce Brown established himself with the Denver Nuggets via Getty Images

One such player is Bruce Brown, who established himself around the league playing for the Denver Nuggets, whom he won a championship with. Soon, with an increase in market value, Brown took his talents all the way to Indiana and continued his stellar display of basketball, which promised sheer dominance and reliable scoring—attributes the Pacers could count on.

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Multiple teams are on the hunt for Brown via Getty Images

However, the Pacers bid farewell to his services in exchange for Raptors superstar Pascal Siakam, which prompted Brown to play ball for the Raptors. And after having played less than ten games, there is a possibility that Bruce Brown ends up playing with the Bucks.

The Bucks are reportedly in the market for a player that can be trusted on both ends of the floor and no one better fits the description than Bruce Brown. According to an NBA Insider, the Bucks are looking for an upgrade on their current roster.

“Brown is said to be a player the Bucks think highly of, given his ability to impact the game in various ways on both sides of the court. The Bucks are motivated to find an immediate upgrade in favor of Pat Connaughton and Cam Payne,” said the Insider.

Another party interested in acquiring Brown is the New York Knicks, who have the benefit of a young core surrounding Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle. Acquiring Brown would only create a bit more synergy for them to function effortlessly, should they make a deep playoff run.

With just a little more time available before the deadline ends, both teams will be rushing to make moves at the earliest, a move that would reap rewards without fail for either team.

Bruce Brown reportedly shelled out $10K for jersey

There is no doubt that Bruce Brown has a favorite number. The number 11 has been on Brown’s jersey through high school and when he was in the league, Bruce was forced to accept whatever number he received on the initial few teams he played due to the unavailability of the number or because the number had been occupied by a player who was ahead of him in terms of seniority.

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Brown wore the number 1 jersey with the Brooklyn Nets due to the number 11’s unavailability, via Getty Images

When Brown was signed to the Nets, the exclusive number was being used by one of the best ball-handlers of all time, Kyrie Irving and so it did not seem feasible for Brown to ask the superstar for the number. Bruce Brown eventually worked his way up the ranks and received his beloved Denver Nuggets number. With the Pacers too, Brown was given the number without any hesitation.

The Toronto Raptors acquired Brown via trade and much to Brown’s dismay, the number was occupied. Fortunately, the player happened to be former Nuggets teammate Michael Porter Jr’s brother, who was only happy to cooperate to Brown’s request. It only cost Brown a meager 10K USD to convince Jontay Porter, MPJ’s brother, and the player definitely believed that it was worth the money.

What do you think of the Milwaukee Bucks’ interest in Bruce Brown? Will the Raptors trade the player? Which is a better destination for Brown? The Knicks or the Bucks? We are eager to know your thoughts on the trade situation, so feel free to comment below.

Caleb Mathew

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