5 hidden gems for the Milwaukee Bucks to target in NBA free agency

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Milwaukee Bucks: Jevon Carter
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Jevon Carter could be a hidden gem for the Milwaukee Bucks in free agency

When the Milwaukee Bucks signed Jevon Carter via the buyout market this past season, many fans were initially displeased. This is because the Bucks were initially in pursuit of Goran Dragic, who was a far more recognizable name on the market at the time. However, Carter was quickly embraced by the fanbase soon after as he played some great basketball for the Bucks when he was given playing time. With the guard set to hit free agency, it is not controversial to say that Milwaukee should look to bring him back next season.

During his 20 regular season games with the Bucks, Carter was solid off the bench by averaging 5.6 points while shooting 50.6 percent from the floor and 55.8 percent from three, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 17.7 minutes per game, all of which were career highs. The point guard thrived in Milwaukee’s system, providing a sizeable boost offensively while also playing some reputable defense. Bringing Carter back would be a no-brainer, especially considering that he likely will not command a significant deal in free agency. The guard played great upon arrival for the Bucks, but perhaps he could be even better next season with that experience in the system under his belt.

Despite how obvious bringing Carter back should be for the Bucks, it is not that simple right now. His tenure with the Bucks was a frustrating one as coach Budenholzer went with familiarity over production down the stretch and into the playoffs by playing George Hill, who had arguably his worst season yet, over Carter, who was far better. With Hill under contract for next season, one could not blame Carter for potentially being hesitant to return and not earn playing time as he did last season. That is why the Bucks should attempt to trade Hill this offseason to make room for Carter in the rotation, as he would be the perfect backup for the team and an upgrade over Hill.

With a more prominent role, who knows how good Carter could be with the Bucks.