Milwaukee Bucks: 3 ways the reigning champs improved this offseason

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Milwaukee Bucks: Bobby Portis, Khris Middleton
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The Milwaukee Bucks solidified having an upgraded second unit by re-signing Bobby Portis

Bringing back Bobby Portis was unquestionably Milwaukee’s top priority this offseason, and they managed to get it done relatively easily.

Portis took a discount to stay with the Bucks by signing a two-year deal worth $9 million, with the second year being a player option. Despite receiving several more desirable offers from other contenders, Portis decided to stick around in Milwaukee after winning the title to have an opportunity to run it back with the defending champs next season.

The big man had a fantastic season with the Bucks in 2020-21, instantly carving out a role for himself in the rotation with his scoring, rebounding, and immense hustle. The fanbase was quick to latch onto him due to his persistent play whenever he touched the floor, and they will certainly welcome back the 26-year-old with open arms for another go-round. Without Portis, this second unit would have taken a massive step backward. His production was too crucial throughout their title run, and trying to replace him would have been nearly impossible.

Although they parted ways with several key pieces like P.J. Tucker and Bryn Forbes, retaining Portis and adding household names like Hill, Hood, Ojeleye, and Allen is certainly a solid retooling job by Horst and company. On paper, Milwaukee’s second unit appears better than it did last season, with several new faces set to hit the floor, backed by a newly signed Portis leading the charge.

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The Bucks will head into next season with several improvements made to patch up some of their biggest flaws.