Available free agents who might be worth a second look for the Bucks later on: No. 2 – T.J. Warren
A talented scorer, T.J. Warren may not receive as much attention from organizations due to his previous history of injuries. He has in the past shown the clear ability to create his own shot off the dribble with confidence and consistency on top of being a relatively competent long-range shooter who can light it up in a hurry. Standing at 6-foot-8, Warren is also a strong defender who can cover a variety of positions.
The thing is, Warren’s 2023 campaign was unsuccessful for the most part even after what was supposed to be a full recovery from his past injuries. He only participated in four games for Phoenix, scoring just 4.2 points per contest on 42.9 percent field goal shooting and 31.6 percent 3-point shooting efficiency. He suffered from ailments as well, missing the remainder of a season due to a foot problem. It’s clear his initial injuries have left him shaken up with lasting effects, and what’s not clear is whether or not he’ll be able to shake this off and return to his old self.
Warren’s season was a far cry from his 19.8 points per game average season of 2020–21. When healthy, he has proven to be capable of great things. His 53-point outburst during the NBA bubble is still not that far off, and though he hasn’t reached those highs again, that kind of skill just doesn’t go away that easily.
What Warren’s future holds is not yet known. Although he has sustained numerous injuries recently, he is still a talented player. If he wants to bounce back to his fringe-star form from the 2020 bubble, he must maintain his health.
And perhaps the best place to start would be with Milwaukee in a low-cost prove-it contract.