The NBA calendar always starts with a bang, and this year it was no different. NBA's free agency brought a number of surprises, and while Milwaukee Bucks was not the most flashy on the news ticket (hi there, Brooklyn!), There are more than enough moves to deserve discussion. Here is a quick summary of what Bucks did do (supposedly):
As a quick page, there are details of some of these details that have not yet been compiled so our entire conversation and analysis will be based on estimates that are expected to change somewhat. Moreover, due to the complexity of the CBA, there is some timing that these movements must have and an order they must follow in order to properly review. That said, here's an overview of what Bucks & # 39; overall cap sheets might look like, as well as a crack on the new depth chart and some notes from Twitter:
Bucks estimates to be around $ 122.3m for 11 players assume maximum increases for Khris / LoBros / Hill and stretch of Leuer. About $ 10m in room under tax, but only minimum spend for the remaining 3-4 players, so unlikely that it goes over taxes that exclude major trading (s) that add pay.
– Frank Madden (@fmaddenNBA) July 1, 2019
Bucks could get from $ 8.5 million. For the $ 9.2 million, George Hill is required if they are primarily S&T Malcom Brogdon (ie I worked it through with @NateDuncanNBA ! The disadvantage of this approach is getting one extra $ 700K, they will lose their $ 10M + trade exception. Https: //t.co/ihZWzXV1k8
– Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) July 1, 2019
With the end of Brogdon seems Bucks really need George Hill back. Brogdon leaves don't open much loft, they also have to move Ilyasova to open enough for him, or hope he'll take Room Exception about 2 / $ 10m.
– Nate Duncan (@ NateDuncanNBA
June 30, 2019
Sometimes expensive … if you pay for it
Milwaukee awarded a lot of money (over $ 250 million!) To pay market value for Khris Middleton , Brook Lopez and George Hill, that they were not willing to match the Malcolm Brogdon offer received from the Pacers ( AAV: $ 21.25 million is curious, but it is a true truth to admit that Brogdon was the most interchangeable of the five starters (in terms of his role and Bucks & # 39; tools to replace him). Some may chastise Bucks as "cheap" and avoid paying Brogdon to stay out of the luxury tax. And it may be true, despite everything we've heard from the ownership of being willing to pay for a competitor … letting Brogdon go for draft pick compensation doesn't make it all right.
At the same time, Brogdon's surprise departure could also have other factors. The whisper of the medical "red flags" on his foot could have been aggravated by his plantar fascia tearing late last season and that Bucks' only return to him is a single first and a few seconds could be a signal that other teams feel as dirty about Brogdon's long-term outlook. He is still obviously a good player and worth having on your team, but the fact that the sign-and-trade came together relatively quickly might indicate that Bucks' decision was based on more than just economic considerations.
Guard depth is a concern.
Brogdon leaves Indiana making Bucks worse in terms of talent. There is no one to get around it; You can't easily replace a 50/40/90 guy. Eric Bledsoe is the team's only true point guard, and George Hill, Pat Connaughton and Donte DiVincenzo are the only other credentials that can fill either sentence. Sterling Brown can handle some SG, and ball management is less crucial to a team that has Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton orchestrating things, but at some point the team needs to complete their vaginal rotation further. Fortunately, Bucks three roster spots (at least) have to work with because …
Jon Horst is not done.
If the 2018-19 season taught us something, then Jon Horst knows what he is doing. He didn't win this year's lead for anything, just as Mike Budenholzer didn't win this year's coach (or Giannis Antetokounmpo winning most valuable player) for nothing. This is not to say that anyone should be expected to accept rest on their laurels, but that there is a proven history of unpopular movements that work better than expected. There is the option of a $ 10 + M-commerce exception available. And what if you sign Robin Lopez this year is related to Ersan Ilyasova last year? Or if letting Brogdon go is like letting Jabari Parker go? These comparisons can be too generous, but Bucks has earned a bit of generosity … for now.