Milwaukee Bucks: Regrading the important Brook Lopez signing

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Milwaukee Bucks: Brook Lopez
Jul 1, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports) /

The final (updated) grade for the Brook Lopez signing almost four years later for the Milwaukee Bucks

Similar to the Bobby Portis signing last year, it’s really good business from Bucks general manager Jon Horst that he was able to get an impactful rotation player for such a small fee initially. Of course, Lopez re-signed for more than Portis did, but still, it’s not as if Lopez hasn’t earned that contract through the first two seasons.

For all the flack that Lopez receives (sometimes deservedly so) for being slower and unable to switch like some younger, more modern big men, you have to give him credit for the improvements he’s made to his game to this point. He’s already reinvented himself so much to this point, but there are still aspects he struggles with. Due to his relative lack of mobility, the Bucks need to have more mobile options to cover for him. But, it did force Budenholzer to adapt at times, going with the Giannis-at-center lineups more often in the playoffs.

His shooting had declined a bit since its initial peak in 2018-19, but he’s still a big enough threat that it does force teams to pay attention to him. He can also still punish mismatches, which the Bucks went to more in the playoffs as well. There aren’t too many true centers that fit the Bucks better than Lopez does, especially considering the cost.

BTBP (Updated) Final Grade: A

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It would be hard to find much to dislike about this signing, especially given the results we have seen over the past month or so.