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The Milwaukee Bucks are off to an excellent start to the year and currently own the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. However, with only the slimmest lead over the rest of the conference, the Bucks went out and acquired George Hill from the Cleveland Cavaliers in hopes of distancing themselves from the pack, while simultaneously saving themselves roughly $18M in cap space for next summer.  

In return for Hill's services, the Bucks shipped guard Matthew Dellavedova, forward John Henson and future first- and second-round picks back to Cleveland. 

This a strong move by the Bucks, who are looking to distance themselves from the pack in a wide-open Eastern Conference and Hill provides a fantastic second option to Eric Bledsoe. However, the fantasy implications here effect more than the players involved. 

Jordan Clarkson's stock is clearly on the rise now that Hill won't be eating into his minutes, and Kevin Love and Tristian Thompson may see an uptick in production now that Cleveland is lacking reliable bench depth. Giannis Antetokounmpo, on the other hand, will have a talented sixth man to lean on, which could lead to an uptick in production.

Hill himself should be on the rise as well. He now gets to play on a better team with better players around him. He could also see his minutes go up as well given he was only playing 26.5 minutes a night and has the ability to play both on the ball and off the ball next to or behind Bledsoe in Milwaukee.  

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