Comparing the Milwaukee Bucks’ new roster to the 2022-23 team

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - OCTOBER 02 (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Grayson Allen, Jrue Holiday
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Which Milwaukee Bucks are gone?

The Bucks made way more changes this off-season than many likely expected them to do.

Dismissing Coach Mike Budenholzer wasn’t overly surprising, as it just seemed like the team was in need of a new voice. Some were caught off guard because the coach had won a title within the past two seasons, but the Bucks made it clear that they wouldn’t let that win alter their thinking as it pertains to the team’s future success.

What was very surprising was the team trading away their starting backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen in the same deal. Holiday had said just days prior to being traded that he would like to stay in Milwaukee for the rest of his career and even re-sign with the Bucks at some point in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Subscription required).

It seemed inevitable that Allen would be moved, but it appeared more likely that the team would wait until the NBA trade deadline to make that move. Nevertheless, the guard is gone after two seasons with the Bucks, leaving them with question marks at the starting two guard slot heading into the 2023-24 season.

In addition to those two players, the Bucks lost a trio of key cogs from last season in Jevon Carter (Chicago Bulls), Wesley Matthews (Atlanta Hawks), and Joe Ingles (Orlando Magic) via free agency. Goran Dragic and Meyers Leonard both remain unsigned right now after last suiting up in the 414 last season, and it’s unlikely that they will return anytime soon.