4 Bucks who should be cut loose following disastrous playoff loss to Heat

Apr 7, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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In the aftermath of the Milwaukee Bucks’ embarrassing loss to the Miami Heat, the Bucks enter an offseason full of questions. While Milwaukee clearly won’t be entering a rebuild, it’s reasonable to expect some pretty big changes to the team entering the 2023-24 season.

For one reason or another, these four players were massively disappointing for the Bucks when it mattered most. Considering their contract situations and status with the team, there is a very good chance they won’t be returning.

Some of these guys played their roles well for the Bucks’ 2020-21 championship run, but with their recent level of play, it may sadly make more sense to just let them go.

Here are four Bucks who should be let go of prior to the 2022-23 season:

4. C Meyers Leonard

While Meyers Leonard certainly didn’t play a massive role for the Bucks this season, he was still a part of a team that lost in five games to the eighth seed. Pairing that, with the fact that he barely played in this series makes it almost impossible to say he will be returning.

It was already a questionable move enough to bring Leonard in considering his history, and while he wasn’t terrible for the Bucks, they can easily find better depth at center through free agency this offseason.

Through nine games with the Bucks, Leonard averaged 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from deep on two attempts. While these numbers aren’t bad on paper, it’s worth mentioning that Leonard has a box plus-minus of -5.0 when on the floor.

Leonard isn’t the worst center to have on the floor, but he certainly isn’t great. With players like Mike Muscala and Alex Len likely hitting the market this offseason, it doesn’t make sense to keep Leonard when Milwaukee could scoop a center like these two on a minimum deal.