Milwaukee Bucks: 3 replacements if Bryn Forbes signs elsewhere

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The first domino for the Milwaukee Bucks going into free agency fell Tuesday morning with the news that Bryn Forbes is opting of his current deal and re-entering free agency for the second straight year.

While his role diminished as the Bucks reached the top of the mountain in their successful chase for a championship, Forbes brought an undeniable shooting spark that the Bucks have long searched for around their core.

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Considering the limited resources at their disposal, it’s increasingly hard to envision Forbes continuing his stint in Milwaukee beyond this season, though never say never. At the very least, the Bucks will be prepared to address Forbes’ departure should it eventually come to fruition as it appears to at this juncture.

So without further ado, let’s look at some potential replacement the Milwaukee Bucks can find in free agency to cover Bryn Forbes’ potential departure.

Wayne Ellington could be the sharpshooter the Milwaukee Bucks need to replace Bryn Forbes

If the Bucks are looking for a like-for-like replacement for Forbes in free agency, Wayne Ellington may be the player they’re looking for.

The journeyman sharpshooter has long brought a shooting spark to his various stops over his recent career and most recently with the Detroit Pistons. Ellington finished with 2020-21 season averaging 9.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting from three and a career-high 62.5 true shooting percentage, along with 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 46 appearances.

Also working in the Bucks’ favor in terms of potentially pursuing Ellington is that he wouldn’t break the bank beyond the very limited resources they have at their disposal going into free agency. Ellington can certainly be had at the veteran’s minimum, which the Bucks will surely have to utilize to fill out their bench and roster overall.

The big questions regarding Ellington is whether he has the durability to hold up over a long season and playoff run as he’s getting up there in age at 34 years old. The Bucks will have no problem turning to a veteran voice to bring into their locker room as they look to defend their title, but being available will surely be the biggest hurdle facing the Bucks after a shorter offseason.