The Boston Celtics have reached out to the Bucks about potentially acquiring either forward Jabari Parker or guard Khris Middleton in exchange for the third overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, according to reports.
The Bucks have reportedly declined interest because they "regard both of those young cornerstones as untouchables," according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Milwaukee selected Parker with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. His rookie season was shortened by injury, but the former Duke star began to come into his own toward the end of the 2015-16 season, averaging 18.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game after the All-Star break.
The Bucks hold the No. 10 overall selection in Thursday's draft, and GM John Hammond told our Milwaukee affiliate, WISN, that he isn't ruling out the possibility of a trade on or before draft night.
Forward Greg Monroe, who the Bucks signed to a three-year deal last offseason, has long been rumored to be on the market. However, Hammond denied that rumor earlier this week.
"I think Greg Monroe was the guy that had the fingers pointed at him," Hammond said. "I think it was very unfair for him."
Hammond continued by saying Monroe was very effective last season, and other issues led to the Bucks underwhelming 33-49 record.
"It wasn't Greg Monroe," the longtime Milwaukee GM said. "Our woes and our issues were our issues in the backcourt.
"As we stand here today we sure do (see Monroe being a part of the Bucks future). But things can always change."
Monroe averaged 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds last season.