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Houston Rockets' Michael Beasley (8) goes to the basket as Chicago Bulls' Nikola Mirotic (44) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Houston. The Bulls won 103-100. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Bucks trade Tyler Ennis to Rockets for Michael Beasley

AP Photo/Pat Sullivan

The Milwaukee Bucks have traded point guard Tyler Ennis to the Houston Rockets for Michael Beasley, the Bucks announced ThursdayThe Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the deal.

This move for the Bucks would seem to be a reaction to Khris Middleton’s hamstring injury that’ll keep him out for six months, but apparently that may not be the case:

Either way, Beasley will likely get a chance to soak up some of the minutes on the wing now that Middleton may miss the entire season. The 2008 No. 2 pick played 20 games for the Rockets last season, averaging 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game. He shot a solid 52.2 percent while taking a whopping 10.3 shots per game in those 18-plus minutes per contest.

Beasley clearly still has some value in the scoring and rebounding department, and that’ll be needed on this Bucks squad with Middleton out. But his trigger-happy ways and general aversion to playing defense make him a flawed player, so he almost certainly won’t move the needle much in a positive direction.

As for Ennis, he hasn’t shown all that much in the NBA since being selected 18th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2014 NBA Draft. The youngster was traded to the Bucks in his rookie season after playing in only eight games with the Suns, and he struggled mightily in Milwaukee after the deal. His second season saw modest improvement in the form of averages of 4.5 points and 2.1 assists while shooting 44.9 percent from the field, but he still only played in 46 games.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle suggests this trade could mean the Rockets have confidence in signing restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas.

Bucks trade Tyler Ennis to Rockets for Michael Beasley

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