It has been a whirlwind of a week, and there is still more for the Milwaukee Bucks to do. Let’s briefly recap the major storylines from the week:
Giannis Antetokounmpo has not signed the supermax extension...yet
The last two weeks have been filled with chatter that Giannis Antetokounmpo indeed plans to sign his five-year supermax with the Bucks before the Dec. 21 deadline to do so ...— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 17, 2020
The Bucks just made a trade that suggests they must believe it
Jrue Holiday will be a Milwaukee Buck...but that’s probably it
Deal has a lot of moving parts and still has work to finish, per sources. https://t.co/88DcVcR1TV— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
As part of the trade, guard Eric Bledsoe is staying with the Pelicans, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/8zAmO5VOeW— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
No, Bogdan Bogdanovic will not be a Buck...probably ever
Hawks have some competition for Bogdanovic https://t.co/QJ2xqxiavg— Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) November 22, 2020
Bobby Portis and D.J. Augustin are the main free agency additions...so far
Free agent guard DJ Augustin has agreed to a three-year, $21M deal with Milwaukee, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
Bobby Portis is joining Milwaukee on a two-year deal, with a player option in the second season, sources said. Bucks receive a major frontcourt addition, and Portis has opportunity to play key role on a title contender. https://t.co/fr5SKO501u— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
Pat Connaughton is coming back...and it’s weird
Milwaukee has numerous moving parts on multiple fronts, so Connaughton's deal was reshaped to stay with Milwaukee. https://t.co/FVEmTghTPg— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
Talking about a potential Pat Connaughton deal over on @TheAthleticNBA’s Real Time tab with @SethPartnow.— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) November 21, 2020
(Shouts to the Bucks Twitter Cap Gawd @fmaddenNBA and @rcon14 for raising the red flags on the potential deal.) pic.twitter.com/6gkaQ2yUMr
Jaylen Adams and Mamadi Diakite are our two-ways
Undrafted free agent forward Mamadi Diakite - out of Virginia - has reached an agreement on a two-way deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, his agent @Gary_Durrant tells Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 22, 2020
As it stands, the Bucks don’t have very much space to make any more impact acquisitions. They should be able to fill out the roster with minimum-level deals, and are likely targeting players who might fill the gaps that remain. In my view, they could still use a true backup center, another guard, and depth on the wings.
As it stands, who’s in the Playoff Top 8 for Milwaukee?— Mitchell Maurer (@Mitchell_NBA) November 21, 2020
Guards: Jrue, Augustin, Donte
Wings: Khris, Pat C
Bigs: Giannis, Brook, Portis
Reserves: Thanasis, D.J, Nwora, Merrill (3 spots left)
Need a wing or two more, but otherwise I think it’s a viable roster.
Here are some details to keep in mind, as we understand them right now:
- Players currently under contract: $110.4M (Giannis, Khris, Jrue, Brook, Donte, Thanasis, D.J.)
- Bucks Free Agents: Pat Connaughton (Early Bird rights), D.J. Augustin (MLE), Bobby Portis (BAE), Frank Mason III (Qualifying Offer, RFA), Jaylen Adams (two-way), Mamadi Diakite (two-way)
- Dead money: $5.0M (Larry Sanders and Jon Leuer)
- Salary cap: $109.1M
- Luxury tax: $132.6M
- Tax apron (“hard cap”): $138.9M
As always, we’ll do our best to update this post with relevant news, and if the news is significant enough to merit a post, we’ll make sure to have that up for you all in short order. All the pieces are starting to fall into place, which is good since we are officially ONE MONTH AWAY from the start of the 2020-21 NBA season!
UPDATE: The Bucks have landed Bryn Forbes, a shooting specialist from San Antonio.
Free agent guard Bryn Forbes has agreed to a two-year deal with the Miwaukee Bucks, his agent Mike Lindeman of @excelsm tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 22, 2020
UPDATE: The Bucks have continued filling out their roster with Torrey Craig, a big defensive wing who had his qualifying offer pulled by the Denver Nuggets.
Free agent Torrey Craig has reached agreement on a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, his agents Dave Spahn and Austin Brown of @CAA_Basketball tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 22, 2020
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