The 2023 NBA Free agency window officially begins on June 30, a stark change from years past in which free agency didn’t start until July 1st, but with agents talking to teams before the official window, the NBA made a decision that players can negotiate contracts on June 30, and the deals becoming official on July 6th.
The Milwaukee Bucks won’t be active participants in free agency, as there’s not much wiggle room to sign a high-priced free agent to pair with Giannis. However, Milwaukee needs help signing bench guys, and some former Bucks players will be free agents in the upcoming free agency period; so who are the former players Milwaukee should go after?
1- Torrey Craig
Torrey Craig didn’t get a fair opportunity as a member of the Bucks.
Playing in only 18 games in the 2020-21 season, Craig averaged only 11.2 minutes per game and averaged 2.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 0.9 assists.
What Craig could provide the Bucks doesn’t show up in the stat sheet, but he plays tenacious defense, and a guy who is willing to stand in front of Giannis to take a hit is somebody the Bucks should look into signing.
Craig won’t provide much offensively, but Milwaukee should look into 1-2 guys in the offseason who made their living playing stellar defense, and get a guy who can guard the best wing player.
Milwaukee used to have guys like Ersan Ilaysova, Matthew Dellavedova, and Sterling Brown guys who were known for their defense, but in the past couple of years, they have shied away from employing guys like that on the roster.
With the hiring of Adrian Griffin, the team will likely become more defensive-focused, getting players who are as good on defense as on offense.
Craig fits that bill, and with the team devoid of toughness, the team should sign Torrey Craig in free agency.