The Milwaukee Bucks have a surplus of freakishly tall and talented players in their roster. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they ultimately decided to part ways with some pieces in order to secure the team’s long-term success.
The Bucks still have enough cap space to sign a serviceable free agent this summer. However, if the team isn’t smart with its money, it would miss out on potentially having maximum cap space in 2017.
At present, team payroll remains a non-issue in Milwaukee. Franchise corner stones Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Michael Carter-Williams are still in their rookie deals, as per Spot Rac.
Considering their rate of improvement this past season, Antetokounmpo and Carter-Williams are expected to command bigger paychecks in 2017 and Parker in 2018.
Sporting News argued that between Antetokounmpo and MCW, the Bucks may prefer to retain the Greak Freak next summer since the team is still not sold on MCW’s game. Bucks GM John Hammond reportedly wants to sign a dependable combo guard this summer rather than committing serious money to re-sign MCW in 2017.
At the top of the Bucks’ free agency wish list are Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson. Both have proven to be potent contributors both with or without the ball. The Bucks are in the market for those types of talents after Jason Kidd plugged the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo as the team’s primary floor general in the latter part of the 2015-16 season.
Their offense improved dramatically, as they went on to score 108.7 points per 100 possessions. Had Kidd done the role switch at the beginning of the season, his squad would have ranked third in team scoring efficiency. The Bucks plan to build on their success by adding either Lin or Clarkson.
Despite playing alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden in 2013, Lin still managed to put up 12.5 points and 4.1 assists, as per ESPN. Meanwhile, Yahoo Sports noted that Clarkson scored 15.5 points and dished out 2.4 assists per game while sharing back court duties with ball-dominant shooting guard Kobe Bryant.