5 NBA free agent targets under 30 the Milwaukee Bucks should go after

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2 – Jevon Carter

Sticking with the backcourt, the Bucks should look to bring back Jevon Carter this off-season after he just had the best year of his career. Despite his role deteriorating in the playoffs for the second consecutive year, Carter remains a good fit for the Bucks. He’s proven to be a second-unit spark by playing hard-nosed defense and providing electric outside shooting to the table. He also showed that he could fill in as a starter when needed, having started in 39 games this season; his previous career high was three games. Simply put, Carter is a seamless fit with this Milwaukee core.

There are questions surrounding what Carter will do in free agency this off-season. The guard has a player option worth $2.3 million for next season. One would think he would almost certainly opt out of that and seek a raise on the open market. In that case, the Bucks do have Carter’s early bird rights and can give him a nice deal. However, one might have to question how Carter feels after his role in Milwaukee lessened for the second consecutive postseason. Yet, if he’s willing to discuss a new deal to stick around long-term, the Milwauee Bucks should undoubtedly do it.

Due to Milwaukee’s limited assets and spending money, it would be quite challenging for the team to find a more suitable backup point guard. Carter has rejuvenated his career with the Bucks, and it seems like he still has room to improve as he nears 28 years old. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out regarding Carter’s contract situation and future in the 414.