Milwaukee Bucks Rumors: Chicago Bulls to offer lucrative deal to Malcolm Brogdon?

SACRAMENTO, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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As the Milwaukee Bucks prepare to fend off suitors for their key free agents, the Chicago Bulls may be emerging as a threat to sign Malcolm Brogdon.

With the draft in the rearview mirror, the attention of the NBA now shifts toward free agency. For the Milwaukee Bucks, that means a crucial two weeks lie ahead.

With Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon and Brook Lopez headlining the Bucks’ potential outgoing free agents, the future of a Milwaukee team that vaulted into contention last season will hinge on the team’s ability to retain 60 percent of its starting lineup over the course of the next couple of weeks.

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The Tony Snell salary dump, which was made official after Thursday’s draft, certainly eases some of those concerns as the Bucks now boast increased financial flexibility. Still, the prospect of opposing teams driving up the price for any of those players remain.

According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, that consideration is certainly at the forefront of Milwaukee’s mind, particularly when it comes to Brogdon.

Speaking on Thursday’s episode of The Jump, Marks described the potential wait for a lucrative offer sheet to come in for Brogdon, a restricted free agent, and indicated the Chicago Bulls may well prove to be the team to make life difficult for the Bucks in that regard.

"“The concern, I think, for Milwaukee is where that Malcolm Brogdon offer sheet is going to come in. We’re hearing possibly four-years, $80 million, possibly a team like the Chicago Bulls. So that’s why they’re getting their books in order right now, just in case something like that happens.”"

Whether Chicago’s addition of point guard Coby White on draft night changed anything in that regard remains to be seen, but there’s no doubting that Brogdon could make for an ideal veteran leader alongside Otto Porter Jr. for a team that boasts young talents such as White, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.

From a Bucks’ perspective, as much as a deal for Brogdon that averaged out at $20 million per year would be more costly than they’d ideally hope for, it’s still not necessarily as expensive as it could get. Brogdon has been linked with teams such as Philadelphia and Dallas too, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that some team could decide to push his price closer toward the max.

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With the Bucks holding Brogdon’s Bird rights, and boasting the right to match any offer he receives in restricted free agency, none of this necessarily would mean the Bucks’ ability to retain Brogdon would be reduced. Of all the Bucks whose futures will be decided in the weeks ahead, Brogdon has the potential to push Milwaukee deepest into the luxury tax, therefore testing the owners’ resolve to keep the team together.