The Milwaukee Bucks are in the middle of a historic run, but let’s take a peek at what the offseason could hold and what changes may be in store.
With the risk of diverting attention away from the Milwaukee Bucks’ historic season, let’s take a look ahead at what the offseason may have in store. Of course, Giannis Antetokounmpo is eligible to sign a supermax contract that would go into effect for the 2021-22 season. However, the Bucks have a number of other decisions to make as well. Here are three players who could be gone after this season.
A lot of people point to the Brook Lopez signing in the summer of 2018 as a huge steal for the Bucks, and rightfully so. However, Pat Connaughton has also turned his two-year $3.4 million deal into a steal in it’s own right.
Mostly an energy player off the bench, Connaughton has provided the Bucks with a spark since arriving in Milwaukee. His points per game might not be there, but he always plays hard and helps sets the tone for his teammates. Unfortunately, he’s an unrestricted free agent this summer and is likely in line for a slight pay raise. Milwaukee would love to have him back, but it’s probably unlikely given their cap situation.
Sterling Brown has seen his role decrease with Milwaukee this season, appearing in just 40 games and playing a career-low 14.3 minutes per game. A lot of that is due to his sporadic offensive output, as he’s shooting a career low 37.6 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from downtown. His defense never progressed as expected after his rookie season as well.
Brown’s a restricted free agent this summer which means Milwaukee will have the ability to match any contract he signs. Whether they do so remains the biggest question mark. Brown is a nice change of pace player and will sometimes come into games if they desperately need toughness from their bench. But can they really afford to pay somebody decent money to only play sporadically? Probably not.
Ersan Ilyasova technically has one-year and $7 million remaining on his contract after this season, but that final year is fully non-guaranteed. Ilyasova has played well for most of the season, but struggled in the past two weeks. Now he appears to have been surpassed in the rotation by Marvin Williams.
It’s completely possible the Bucks bring Ilyasova back for another season, but they’ll likely look for a more athletic backup power forward to replace him. One option is D.J. Wilson who will be in the final year of his rookie deal next season. They could also look elsewhere, as Wilson hasn’t been overly impressive in his limited time on the court. It will be very interesting to see what the Bucks do with Ilyasova and his contract.