As the Celtics/Cavs Kyrie Irving trade deal slowly begins to fall apart, many teams are keeping tabs on the situation at hand. If indeed the trade fails to complete, many organizations will leap at the chance to steal Irving for themselves.
The Milwaukee Bucks have quickly emerged as one of those teams. A report by ESPN's Zach Lowe details that the Bucks have offered a package of Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton to the Cavs for Irving. And while Lowe added that the package doesn't include a first rounder, the Bucks would likely add it in if they were close to a deal.
As a young team on the rise, the Bucks exceeded many expectations last year when they took the Raptors to six games in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. While their main star is Giannis Antetonkounmpo, they also have multiple other young assets that make the team quite an appealing bunch.
Still, with Kyrie playing Point, their ceiling would obviously reach new and higher levels. Admittedly, making the Finals might be a bit of a long shot, even with Irving. But they'd definitely be primed for a long playoff run and could be amongst the Eastern Conference elite.
The Cavs, on the other hand, wouldn't get a star in return. Even so, between Brogdon (and most likely a top draft pick), it could give them the future assets they are looking for.
As the Celtics and Cavs attempt to work things out, other teams are already making plans if the deal doesn't go through. They may not be "front runners," but the Milwaukee Bucks already seem to be one step ahead of the game.