Milwaukee Bucks: 3 veteran free agents who could “ring chase” with team

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Everyone knows the Milwaukee Bucks are facing a salary cap crunch. It’s what happens when you have a leading trio all making over $30 million dollars next season.

Due to that, they’ll need to find cheap production on the free agent market this offseason in the form of veteran minimum contracts. One of the benefits of winning an NBA championship — as the Bucks have now done — is that older players around the league will see it as a chance to win a ring themselves.

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It’s a relatively unfamiliar position for the Bucks, as these ring chasers are usually reserved for big markets or legitimate championship contenders, but that’s what the Bucks are now!

With that, in addition to all the other nice things that players like Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis have said about the Bucks organization and city of Milwaukee in the past, there should be real interest from vets who want a ring in their remaining seasons.

There are a fair amount of veterans on the market this offseason who could still provide good value for the Bucks on the court. These guys might not be the players they once were, or are the splashy names that could be had for more money, but they’re cheap, have veteran experience, and fit the needs the Bucks have on the roster.

With that being said, here are three players that could be valuable for the Bucks.

Free agent J.J. Redick could chase a ring with the Milwaukee Bucks

J.J. Redick is someone who could absolutely get more than a veteran minimum contract on the open market.

He’s coming off of a deal that paid him over $13 million dollars per year, and his floor spacing is still valuable to any team. However, the 37-year-old hasn’t been to a Conference Final since his fourth year in the league despite his notable playoff streak. He may choose to play closer to his family, but if he wants the chance to win a championship in his remaining seasons, the former Buck could make a return.

Redick fits exactly what the Bucks would be looking for in a potential Bryn Forbes replacement. Although he shot 37.1 percent from three for the season, the second worst mark in his career, he did rebound after a tough beginning of the year with the New Orleans Pelicans to shoot over 39.5 percent with the Dallas Mavericks in 13 games after the trade deadline.

Another potential factor for Redick is his relationship with Jrue Holiday, who were teammates in New Orleans. Redick even lived with Holiday for a brief time while with the Pelicans! In an earlier appearance on The Old Man and The Three, Redick’s podcast, Holiday mentioned he tried to recruit Redick to the Bucks at one point.

You can bet Holiday will be trying to recruit him once again.