If the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade should fall apart, with a Thursday deadline looming, the Milwaukee Bucks are reportedly ready to swoop in with an offer for the Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN's Zach Lowe reports.
Lowe reports the Bucks have offered rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton in return for Irving.
The Cavs and Celtics reportedly talked Tuesday as they try to reach agreement on the trade of Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round pick via the Brooklyn Nets going to Cleveland in exchange for Irving coming to Boston. The Cavs have raised concerns over Thomas' hip injury after his physical last week and are said to be seeking additional assets from the Celtics.
They have until Thursday to agree to a deal. Meanwhile, Lowe reports the Bucks are lurking if things don't work out.
More from Lowe's story:
The Milwaukee Bucks lurk on the fringes of the Irving bidding with an offer centered around Malcolm Brogdon, the reining NBA Rookie of the Year, and Khris Middleton, sources say. The Bucks have not yet put a first-round pick on the table, sources say, but the bet here is that they would to get the deal done — or if Irving shoed any interest in staying in Milwaukee long-term.