5 Worst signings in Milwaukee Bucks history

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Miles Plumlee, Milwaukee Bucks
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2. Miles Plumlee

The second most successful of the Plumlee trio (sorry Marshall), Miles Plumlee was acquired by the Bucks via trade in 2015. After arriving in Milwaukee he came off the bench in 19 games and averaged a pedestrian 3 points and 2 rebounds per game. What followed was a level of front-office incompetence that is truly mind-blowing.

I don’t know if Plumlee had some dirt on John Hammond or if Hammond owed the Plumlee some favors but somehow, after playing in just 19 games and doing hardly anything of note, Hammond and the Bucks signed Plumlee to 4-year, $50 million dollar contract.

$12.5 million a year! For Miles Plumlee! That’s highway robbery! Maybe the Bucks thought that the contract would look better after Plumlee grew into a player resembling Brook Lopez but the thing is, he never did.

The season after he signed his extension he’d start in 14 games, averaged 5 points and 4 rebounds per game, and didn’t provide anything resembling game-changing rim protection. He was a 6’11 big man who could pull down boards and set screens but for $152k a game, you’d expect a heck of a lot more than that.

It didn’t take long for the Bucks to realize they made a mistake. Plumlee was traded to Charlotte in 2016 and was out of the league by 2019.