5 Reclamation projects for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2023 NBA Free Agency

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Milwaukee Bucks’ reclamation project No. 2 – Stanley Johnson

In seven seasons, Stanley Johnson has suited up for five teams. The former eighth-overall pick has not managed to carve out a role for himself no matter where he has gone, but that does not mean he has not flashed signs of potential. As the forward looks to find his next destination for the new season, the Bucks should give him a call.

Johnson should be of interest to the Bucks due to the uncertainty surrounding their wing depth at this point. Wesley Matthews, Jae Crowder, Joe Ingles, and, of course, Khris Middleton, are all set to hit free agency this off-season, meaning the team could use some bodies at the position. During his career, Johnson’s calling card has been defense, and the Bucks could use another tough wing defender, especially if Matthews or Crowder leave. Another key element with Johnson is his age, as he’s 26; he’d add some youth to this roster.

The young forward also makes sense for the Bucks from a financial perspective because he will not command a lot on the open market. He’s looking to make a name for himself in the NBA, and that means he’s hungry. It undoubtedly would not hurt for the Bucks to add a player with a chip on their shoulder, similar to when they added Jevon Carter in 2022.