For the finale of MAILBAG WEEK, we had a few questions that had nothing to do with the moves the Bucks made to their roster this season. Instead, they focused on two new developments for the franchise that should be a major part of the organization in the coming years: the arena and the D-League team.
The Bucks broke ground on their new arena earlier this summer on June 18th. The $524 million dollar project is expected to be completed by the start of the 2018-19 NBA season. That is just over two years from now! Though the project is undoubtedly exciting for Bucks fans around the world, is it exciting for free agents thinking about making their home in Milwaukee? Could a brand new arena help draw players to the Bucks?
Meanwhile an affiliated D-League team will not be much of a draw for the league's most coveted free agents, but it could still be a useful asset for a NBA franchise. On June 21st, the Appleton Post-Crescent reported that Grand Chute is the fifth city in Wisconsin to show interest in becoming the home of the Bucks' D-League affiliate along with La Crosse, Oshkosh, Racine, and Sheboygan. The Bucks have released little information regarding what they are looking for in an affiliate, so little is known about the proposals each team have made in hopes of wooing the team to their city. A D-League franchise seems like an obvious way for the Bucks to improve their roster, but how much of an effect will it have? How else may a D-League team help out the franchise?
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