Milwaukee Bucks Rumors: Could a Sterling Brown reunion be in the cards?

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 31: (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 31: (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The Milwaukee Bucks will be looking to run it back after winning it all this season.

The door may be open for the likes of Bobby Portis, Bryn Forbes and P.J. Tucker to return, but could that extend to players who were previously a part of the Bucks on their way to becoming NBA champions?

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When doing his yearly BORD$ projections published last week, The Athletic’s John Hollinger (subscription required) noted that the Bucks may have interest reuniting with Brown following his one-year foray with the Rockets.

It should be noted that Hollinger is not necessarily a newsbreaker on the level of his colleague Shams Charania or ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but Hollinger is connected and has previous experience of being in a front office while with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Could Sterling Brown return to the Milwaukee Bucks in free agency this offseason?

After playing his first three seasons in Milwaukee, Brown ended up signing a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets last offseason after the Bucks elected not to tender a qualifying offer to Brown. Some of that was certainly attributable to the struggles that Brown increasingly faced over his third season in Milwaukee back in 2019-20 and he largely didn’t factor in the Bucks’ implosion down in the bubble.

While in Houston, Brown had a career year where he averaged 8.2 points on .448/.423/.806 shooting splits, along with 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists across 51 appearances.

Even as Brown proved to outplay the one-year, minimum deal he signed with the Rockets, his season came to a scary and premature end as he was involved in an altercation late in the year that left him with facial lacerations.

While there hasn’t been too many updates on Brown’s recovery and condition since that fateful incident, we’ll soon see whether he will garner many looks in free agency, including from the team that gave him the start to his NBA career. The question of whether he can garner more than what he ended up making last season may be tough to decipher at this point in time too.

The Bucks will soon have to restock their backcourt, both at the guard and wing spots, and players of Brown’s skill set and archetype are only becoming more valuable to the Bucks as they search for versatility and floor spacers around their core trio.

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Soon, we’ll have answers to the questions that are posed here and perhaps we end up seeing some traction between Brown and the Bucks in the coming days.