Milwaukee Bucks: 3 reasons to be excited about George Hill’s return

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After a quick search to begin free agency, the Milwaukee Bucks have found their new backup point guard for next season.

First reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Bucks will be signing George Hill once he clears waivers after being released by the Philadelphia 76ers. Adding a backup floor general was high up on Milwaukee’s to-do list following their title-winning season, and they will soon be able to check that one off the list once this signing becomes official.

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Hill has bounced around the league during his 13 years in the association, playing for eight teams thus far. Yet, despite that lack of stability, the one constant is that he has always been a solid contributor wherever he goes.

The Bucks will be banking on the thought that Hill can keep that idea consistent and give them quality minutes off the bench next season. With that being said, here are three reasons why Hill should carve out a role rather quickly in Milwaukee.

George Hill’s affordability made him an ideal target for the Milwaukee Bucks

Needing to add a backup point guard this offseason, the Bucks found themselves in a predicament due to their lack of spending money. Although the market was set to be loaded with talent at the position, they would not be able to afford many of the more high-profile backups that were set to be available.

Indeed, several high-end sixth men received hefty checks this offseason, headlined by former league MVP, who Derrick Rose inked a three-year deal worth $43 million, T.J. McConnell signed for four years and $35.2 million, and Cameron Payne signed the dotted line on a three-year extension worth $19 million. All three of those were far beyond what Milwaukee could have hypothetically offered, putting them in a bind to fill the position as potential targets started dropping like flies.

Just when it seemed like most of the guards had been taken off the market, the surprising news that George Hill would be signing after clearing waivers came in. Even better, it seems likely that it would be on a one-year deal that will likely come as the veteran’s minimum. Although the Bucks are yet to spend any of their $5.9 million Taxpayer MLE on any free agents, utilizing yet another minimum deal on Hill was a great move. All in all, the Bucks filled a position of need on a deal that is in all likelihood very team-friendly.