Grading Robin Lopez’s unanticipated deal with the Milwaukee Bucks

CLEVELAND, OHIO - DECEMBER 21 (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks will be hosting a Lopez family reunion next season.

Shortly after inking Brook Lopez to a massive two-year deal worth $48 million, the Bucks added his twin brother, Robin Lopez. One might wonder if Robin coming aboard had anything to do with the Brook signing, but that’s just speculation. This will be the second time that the Bucks employ twins during the same season, as they were also in town in 2019-20. It’s an interesting move by the Bucks, so let’s break down their somewhat surprising signing of Robin Lopez in free agency.

The financial aspect of Robin Lopez’s deal with the Milwaukee Bucks

Per Spotrac, Lopez’s deal with the Bucks will be a minimum salary of $3.2 million for next season before he enters unrestricted free agency once again. It was never going to be anything more than a minimum, and Lopez’s long-tenured career means that he’ll make more than a younger player would on a minimum, so that final figure is not too shocking.

Excluding a few rare circumstances, it’s typically hard to hate minimum contracts such as this one. The Bucks will not have any long-term commitment to the big man, as his salary will come off the books next off-season. He will not be eating a large chunk of their payroll either. It’s the definition of a low-risk move, as there’s not much that could go wrong with a one-year minimum salary.

No matter how fans feel about the acquisition, they cannot hate the price it came at, especially if it helped the Milwaukee Bucks retain Brook Lopez in any capacity.