The Milwaukee Bucks are currently one of the best teams in the NBA, but things will change and they could look much different in the 2022-23 season.
Every major sports league has crazy moves at every trade deadline, draft night, and off-season that changes the landscape of the league. Contracts that are, at most, five years long also contribute to players constantly switching teams. Because of these things, combined with aging players and financial concerns, the Milwaukee Bucks roster will look different in three years. The good news is we finally won’t be paying Larry Sanders!
There are plenty of contract decisions to make not just this offseason, but in the future years as well. Even if they are able to retain many of the players that they have now, age is not on their side with guys like George Hill and Kyle Korver who will likely be either very limited contributors or out of the league altogether.
Fortunately, there is a path forward for the Milwaukee Bucks that would keep them a championship contender. There are four basic groups of players that they can draw from to make up their 15-man roster in the 2022-2023 season. The first is players that are already under contract for that season. Those are easy. The next is guys who are currently on the team but will need contract extensions to stay. That is where decisions come in. Third, is the draft picks that they hold. Finally, possible free-agent signings in the next few off-seasons.
I will not be trying to predict any trades because they are simply too unpredictable and the possibilities on that front are nearly endless. Instead, I will be making what I view to be reasonable predictions on who the major contributors to the team could be three seasons from now and who will fill out the final bench spots. We’ll start with the three guys who are already locked in for the 2022-23 season.