2. Still flexibility in 2020
One of the biggest complaints about the Ilyasova signing (three-years, $21 million with the third year only partially guaranteed) was that it limits the Bucks’ financial flexibility in 2019. That’s the year both Khris Middleton (player option) and Malcolm Brogdon are set to become free agents and could become a critical turning point for the future.
However, both Middleton and Brogdon can re-sign with the Bucks, as Ilyasova doesn’t cut into that money. However, the Bucks still preserve their cap flexibility for 2020- the last year Antetokounmpo is a Buck under his current contract.
When 2020 rolls around, the Bucks should have plenty of cap space. Players like Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson, Eric Bledsoe and D.J. Wilson could all be wiped from the cap. That will create a lot of money for the Bucks to spend if they so choose. Of course, it’s not always a great idea to hand out a lot of money in free agency, but it will give the Bucks one last chance to re-tool and show Antetokounmpo he should stay in Milwaukee.