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

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3 – A.J. Green

From the moment the Bucks signed A.J. Green to a contract as an undrafted rookie, the fit was clear to see. Green made a living in college as an elite 3-point shooter, and it’s no secret that the Bucks love to let it fly. Though he did not play much, Green had a solid rookie campaign by putting up 4.4 points per game while shooting 41.9 percent from behind the arc. Due to his quality play in limited minutes, some wanted the Bucks to sign Green to their final standard contract, which went to Goran Dragic in the end. The Milwaukee Bucks should look to lock up Green this off-season.

First and foremost, Green’s outside shooting can make him an incredibly valuable NBA player with this Milwaukee team. Per NBA.com, he shot 36-of-81 on catch-and-shoot threes (44.4 percent) and a scorching hot 17-of-26 on his “wide-open” triples (65.4 percent). Players with the ability to shoot the long ball that well do not come around often, and the Bucks have to realize that. Green is also just 23 years old and has plenty of room to develop. It would be a big boost if the Bucks can develop a young piece like Green into a reliable contributor moving forward.

Green could be ready for a prominent role from the jump next season and could quickly become a key piece alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo. Over the past few years, the Bucks have always tried to have a stellar outside shooter, such as Kyle Korver, Bryn Forbes, and Grayson Allen, always waiting on the perimeter for a pass from Antetokounmpo to get a wide-open triple. Green can follow that same blueprint and make a name for himself in this league with the Bucks. A deal should not cost the Bucks a ton, so retaining Green should be nothing but a no-brainer.