The Milwaukee Bucks had a very busy first day of Free Agency on Sunday.
The Bucks were able to bring Brook Lopez back on a four-year/$52 million contract, Middleton signed a five-year deal worth $178 million, and inked George Hill to a three-year deal for $29 Million.
The Bucks also signed Robin Lopez using their Full Room exception ($4.8 Million). It’s a two-year deal with a Player Option for the second year.
However, the Bucks decided to move on from Malcolm Brogdon.
The good news is they didn’t lose him for nothing. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Milwaukee agreed to a sign-and-trade with Indiana sending Brogdon to the Pacers in exchange for a first-round pick and two second-round picks. Brogdon will sign a four-year, $85 Million deal with the Pacers.
If the Bucks decides to match the Pacers’ offer, they would have gone into the luxury tax. This move may have had to do more with money than anything, then again there were rumors that Brogdon didn’t want to be in Milwaukee any longer. Replacing Brogdon will bring plenty of challenges of its own. Brogdon is coming off a season where he shot over 50% from the field, over 40% from three-point range, and over 90% from the free throw line becoming just the eighth player in NBA history to post those numbers.
This move will give the Bucks some cap flexibility for the future and a few much-needed draft picks. Jon Horst has shown he has plenty of tricks up his sleeve during his time as the GM of the Bucks. It will be interesting to see what move is next.
My big question now is what do the Bucks do with those draft picks acquired in trading Brogdon? Do they use them to trade for somebody this offseason? Do they use them to get off contract(s) so they can sign somebody this offseason? Do they sit on them?