Milwaukee Bucks Rumors: Frank Mason III becomes restricted free agent

DENVER, CO - MARCH 09: (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
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According to Yahoo! Sports report, the Milwaukee Bucks have tendered Frank Mason III’s qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent this offseason.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ roster is clearly being overhauled at the moment, but we may have some holdovers to go along with their current core led by superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

That may include the other MVP on their roster. First reported by Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes Thursday night, the Bucks have tendered a $1.5 million qualifying offer to two-way player Frank Mason III, which makes him a restricted free agent.

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As for the Bucks’ other would-be restricted free agent, Sterling Brown, no report has surfaced as to whether they have tendered his $2 million qualifying offer to make the 25-year-old a restricted free agent.

All of this comes on the heels of the Bucks’ decision to waive Ersan Ilyasova ahead of when his $7 million salary would have guaranteed and in the fallout of the Bogdan Bogdanovic sign-and-trade deal going bust.

With the Milwaukee Bucks making him a restricted free agent, Frank Mason III may be in line to extend his stay with the Bucks on a standard NBA deal.

Upon coming to Milwaukee on a two-way deal during the summer of 2019, Mason put on quite the show primarily on the G League level, which helped him rehabilitate his NBA career.

Having averaged a league-leading 25.3 points on a .502/.428/.815 slash line, along with 4.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds over his 24 appearances on the G League. That was good enough to help Mason earn last season’s G League MVP honors, all of which capped his star-making season on the G League’s best team.

While his opportunities up with the Bucks were few and far between last year, Mason showed a baseline ability to lead the Bucks’ second unit and utilize his blazing speed within the Bucks’ breakneck offense.

Now Mason has the ability to field an offer sheet from an opposing team and the Bucks will be able to match that. Of course, Milwaukee could look to secure Mason’s services straight away before it would get to that point, but all eyes will be on whether the former Jayhawk can operate as a potential third guard on the Bucks’ roster.

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With free agency set to start Friday evening, we’ll start seeing the festivities start up around the league. What the Bucks’ roster will look just 24 hours from now remains to be seen. And we may see Mason factor into the Bucks’ plans to rebuild up their depth this offseason.