The Milwaukee Bucks have nine free agents heading into the 2023 NBA free agency period, which includes wings Khris Middleton who has a $40 million player option, Wesley Matthews, Joe Ingles, and Jae Crowder, who are all unrestricted free agents.
Milwaukee needs help at the wing position, as Middleton will likely look for more lucrative deals elsewhere. Milwaukee is over the salary cap and can’t afford to give him a long-term contract as they did in the past. Matthews will be 37 by next season, and while he’s a capable defender, he only played in 52 games for Milwaukee.
Jae Crowder didn’t look like the same player while in Milwaukee, and he publicly questioned his role after receiving little playing time in the postseason. Joe Ingles provided another ball-handler for Milwaukee, but he lost a step defensively since coming back from an ACL injury last season.
Why the Bucks should reignite their interest in Dillon Brooks
Milwaukee needs to get younger at the wing position, so what player would fit that mold for the Bucks? Dillon Brooks. Brooks served as an outspoken member of the Memphis Grizzlies for the past six seasons, and while he’s drawn the ire for his trash talk but he’s a capable defender and a career 41 percent shooter.
The Bucks were recently linked to Brooks in the rumors mill after The Athletic’s Shams Charania stated that they were interested in trading for him this past season. It did not happen, but here are three reasons why the Bucks should reignite their interest in Brooks this off-season.