The Milwaukee Bucks have made a number of moves to try and improve their team heading into the 2018-19 season. Let’s grade them all.
The Milwaukee Bucks entered the 2018 offseason with one draft pick, very limited cap space and a roster that returns most of its players from last year’s playoff team. Even with a gaping hole at head coach, it’s meant a fairly quiet offseason for the Bucks.
Regardless, they’ve made a few moves (or non-moves) that have turned heads around the league. Some for the better and some for the worse. Like every move, some people are going to be critics and some are going to be fans.
Today, we take a look back at the five primary moves the Bucks made this offseason and re-grade them. These moves including hiring Mike Budenholzer as head coach, drafting Donte DiVincenzo, signing Ersan Ilyasova and Brook Lopez and renouncing their rights to restricted free agent Jabari Parker.
We’ll take a look at each move and grade them relative to the presumed overall plan and how they fit with the direction the Bucks are going.
Of course, there could still be more moves coming on the horizon, but that appears unlikely at this point. The Bucks have limited cap flexibility and are likely destined to only be able to use the veterans minimum to sign free agents from here on out. On the trade side of things, they’d likely have to attach a sweetener in order to offload one of their bad contracts. That probably would’ve happened already this summer if it’s something they were willing to do. So, without further ado, let’s grade every move they’ve made in the 2018 offseason.