3 reasons why re-signing Serge Ibaka makes sense for Milwaukee Bucks

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Reason #3 why re-signing Serge Ibaka Makes sense for the Milwaukee Bucks: Potential

As was the case with the Joe Ingles signing, minimum and tax payer exception contracts carry a good amount of risk with them. Usually, if you are signing one of those contracts, you are not going to wind up league MVP or on an All-NBA team. Teams generally use these contracts to fill out the roster and add some depth, rather than to bolster the rotation.

Considering the fact that not much is expected or needed from these players, it is, in my opinion, wise to take flyers on players who have the potential to far exceed their contractual value. If it doesn’t work out, it does not really hurt, as their salaries do not make too much of a dent outside of the tax the owners may have to pay, which the Bucks owners have been comfortable doing if it means putting a contending team on the court.

Again, the Serge Ibaka the Bucks just signed is not the Serge Ibaka who helped the Raptors suffocate the Bucks in 2019 on their way to a championship. He is older, slower, and has somewhat recently had a major back surgery. However, the Bucks have an impressive track record revitalizing bigs after a back injury, seeing as Brook Lopez generally looked like himself after returning to action last season. Between a full offseason with the Bucks training staff and the added motivation of playing for a contender, the Bucks could be getting a bench piece with enormous potential to add to the rotation.

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