Milwaukee Bucks Roundtable: Previewing crucial free agency

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6. Who are the free agents you’d like the Bucks to target for depth after their primary business is completed?

BS: If free agency shapes out like I believe it will, there will be next to no room to move other than minimum deals to be had. I’m very biased here, but Australian Jock Landale (currently on Milwaukee’s Summer League roster) would suit perfectly as a serviceable back up big man.

DL: I stumbled on this question a bit on the podcast because, I’ll admit, a lot of the guys that will likely be within the Bucks’ price range are guys that I haven’t had a chance to see play a whole lot.

That said, there’s a few guys they could target that would make an impact. Shooters like Seth Curry, Wesley Matthews, Garrett Temple, and Reggie Bullock could add to their back-court depth and may be gettable for the mid level or less.

The Bucks could add a veteran wing like Jared Dudley or DeMarre Carroll for a minimum, both of who are veterans and can contribute crucial minutes in a limited role.

The Bucks could also add to their front court depth with Noah Vonleh, JaMychal Green, or Mike Scott with the little bit of money they have.

A lot of guys will get paid this summer, but the Bucks might be able to find another Pat Connaughton-like contributor if they play their cards right.

IS: I don’t have any specific names, to be honest. I’m not clued in to the fine print of free agency. I trust the front office to make smart moves here.

JT: As both Dan, Adam McGee and all Win in 6 listeners can attest after the most recent podcast, I hold quite the depressing list of unheralded free agents. Rather than rehashing that crop of players, I’m coming around on the Bucks finding some interesting pieces from the group of players that may be buried deep on the league’s radar.

Who am I kidding, target Luke Kornet (or The UniKornet).

SR: Though he isn’t a free agent, I’d love for the Bucks to try to bring back Christian Wo….. just kidding (am I though?). In all honesty, center would actually be the position I’d focus on. I completely get that the position is more devalued than at any time in basketball history. However, I’m not suddenly asking for the max signing of Greg Monroe, extending John Henson, drafting Thon Maker, and re-signing Miles Plumlee all in the span of 12 months. Can you imagine if that actually happened? Wait a second…

The way I see it, the Bucks can’t expect Brook Lopez (assuming he stays) to repeat his healthy year to make it through another 100 games unscathed. Giannis, D.J. Wilson, and Ersan Ilyasova are short term band-aids at the 5, but if anything happens to Lopez for any amount of time beyond a game or two, the Bucks will need to have a contingency plan. Without knowing the cap space or exceptions that will be available to them, I’ll stay away from specific names to target. Except one. Ed Davis. I love Ed Davis, but it’s likely multiple teams will be able to offer him much more.

AM: Noah Vonleh, JaMychal Green and David Nwaba. In my dreams, the Bucks get Lopez for 3/$30 million, stretch Leuer, and are able to sign Hill and Vonleh to bargain deals for the remainder of their cap space. Green can then have the room exception and Nwaba signs at the minimum. That’s how GM-ing works, right? Easy.

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