1. Robin Lopez
The Bucks signed Lopez to a one-year deal worth $3.1 million this offseason to reunite him with his twin brother Brook. It is a minimum contract for a player with ten-plus years of service, but one Milwaukee could quickly regret.
The Bucks do not have a ton of big-man depth. Brook and Robin Lopez are the only two true centers on the roster. Signing Robin may have been what brought back Brook, but Milwaukee will need both to play minutes this season. Bobby Portis will get time at the five, but an injury could put the Bucks in a tough spot. Without Portis or Brook, Milwaukee would have to go small in the second unit or play Robin. The Bucks do not want Giannis Antetokounmpo or Jae Crowder playing extended minutes at the five.
Brook is coming off one of the best years of his career, but Robin’s best days are certainly behind him. Last season in Cleveland, Robin played just 37 games and averaged 8.1 minutes each night. He has seen action in just 73 games total over the last two seasons combined.
Robin Lopez played for the Bucks during the 2019-2020 season, so both sides know what to expect. The franchise will need the seven-footer in the rotation at points this season and will likely regret it as he struggles to deliver.
The Milwaukee Bucks cannot afford to regret their summer signings. An important season lies ahead, and they must be in contention. Stay tuned to see how it plays out.