The verdict on Jae Crowder’s new deal with the Milwaukee Bucks
This is a good deal by the Milwaukee Bucks. The roster needed wings, and the team wisely opted to keep one around that they traded a haul for. Unless Crowder got some massive deal on the free agent market that was unjustifiable, letting him go would not have made sense, as it would have been horrid asset management by the Milwaukee Bucks.
The deal itself is a no-brainer for Milwaukee, as they’re spending very little money to keep their prized trade deadline acquisition around. For Crowder, he’ll play on this cheap deal for 2023-24 with hopes of getting a much bigger deal next season. That means he should be motivated to get back on track and be the player the Bucks hoped they’d get when they traded for him.
With a legitimate off-season and training camp under his belt to get acquainted with Milwaukee’s new system under Adrian Griffin, he should be better than he was after coming in at the deadline in 2022-23. All in all, it’s an incredibly low-risk move for a player of Crowder’s pedigree, especially with how little financial flexibility the Milwaukee Bucks had at their disposal.
BTBP Grade: A
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