As the Milwaukee Bucks will unfortunately soon come to realize, all good things must eventually come to an end.
While fans would love to see the organization bring everyone back to try and defend their title as the reigning NBA Champions in full next season, it is simply impossible. Whether it be financially, structurally, or any other reason, this roster will look far different by the time the 2021-22 season ultimately rolls around in the coming months.
The first order of business was handling the draft, where the Bucks shocked many by trading away their 31st pick for several second rounders. Most of the widespread attention will be fixated on free agency as the team is set to have several key pieces hit the market.
With little resources to retain everyone for another run, it will be an offseason with some goodbyes. With that being said, here are predictions for where Milwaukee’s free agents will sign this offseason.
(Two-ways Justin Jackson and Axel Toupane will not be factored in)
Free agency prediction No. 1 – Thanasis Antetokounmpo re-signs with the Milwaukee Bucks
This will certainly not be among the most controversial opinions, but Thanasis Antetokounmpo sticking around with the Bucks seems feasible.
Many will immediately point to the fact that his brother, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is the reigning Finals MVP and will clamor for his brother to have a spot on the roster. However, Thanasis showed throughout the 2020-21 season that he could be a contributor to this team. While he will not put up the flashiest number or take home the most awards at the end of the season, Thanasis proved that he could impact the game with his motor.
When he was on the court, the swingman could often be found launching himself towards loose balls, hustling for rebounds on both ends, and playing some aggressive defense. Thanasis would always give the Bucks a spark off the bench to provide some much-needed energy, seeing a more prominent role in the rotation this year by playing 422 more minutes and playing 37 more games than he did last season. When he was on the sidelines, that energy never faded away as he would still be as vibrant as ever by cheering on his teammates to the max.
For the Bucks, bringing him back would be a low-risk, as well as a low-cost scenario. Thanasis would certainly not command a lucrative deal in free agency, and it seems like his heart is in Milwaukee playing alongside his brother. It does not seem far-fetched to believe he will be back for another run next season.