3 reasons why the Milwaukee Bucks should bring back Bobby Portis

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Milwaukee Bucks: Brook Lopez, Bobby Portis
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Reason No. 3 – Bobby Portis can be Brook Lopez’s replacement plan for Milwaukee Bucks

As mentioned at the end of the previous slide, Portis is only 27. For most players, that is right around the time that they enter the prime of their career. That puts him at the perfect stage in his career to be the team’s next starting center whenever the Brook Lopez era may come to an end.

The team needs to have a succession plan in place for Lopez. Not so much because of anything Lopez did wrong, but just because of his age.

Even though Lopez has shown no signs of slowing down so far, you never know when that time comes. It’s different for every player as to when father time starts to catch up, and with Lopez being 34 years old, it’s better to have a succession plan in place too early rather than too late.

While it wasn’t what the Bucks had planned, Portis pretty much spent the entire 2021-2022 season auditioning for that role. Portis definitely showed that he is more than capable of being a starting center in this league, whether that be for the Bucks or for another team.

Portis would likely be equally as thrilled about being around for the long haul as fans would be. Portis has expressed his love and admiration for the team and the city of Milwaukee many times throughout his tenure.

Portis loves playing in Milwaukee, and as long as the Bucks make him a respectable offer, he will certainly be willing to play in whatever role they want him in. If he has to wait a year or two for Lopez to slow down, that is something that he will be willing to do.

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Hopefully Bucks general manager Jon Horst has something up his sleeve to keep Portis here for years to come.