A night many expected to be total chaos has featured little trade action, at least until the Raptors and Bucks struck a deal unrelated to the relevant picks in tonight’s draft:
ESPN sources say Milwaukee sends 2017 first-round pick via the Clippers and the 46th pick in tonight's second round to Toronto for Vasquez
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 26, 2015
The Clippers pick is lottery protected for three years starting in 2017, and if at that point the pick hasn’t been conveyed, it converts to two second round picks (2020 and 2021).
Considering the recent players who haven’t had much trade value (Luol Deng returned a similarly protected pick and an unfulfilled pick swap, Utah elected not to trade either Paul Mllsap or Al Jefferson), seeing a backup point guard fetch a potential first rounder is an eyebrow-raiser.
Vasquez had been considered a part of Toronto’s plans simply because he might hold some sway in convincing Kevin Durant to bring his talents north of the border, but apparently a pick to use now and a valuable future pick was too much for Masai Ujiri to turn down for a replaceable role player.
For Milwaukee, Vasquez figures to play behind Michael Carter-Williams, but he sat on the bench at times during their playoff series against Chicago and Vasquez has a penchant for hitting big pressure shots. Coach Jason Kidd seems to have a thing for bigger ball handlers, considering the acquisition of MCW and how Shaun Livingston thrived in Brooklyn during Kidd’s brief tenure there.