No. 12 – Signing Robin Lopez
Throughout NBA Free Agency, the Bucks primarily focused on keeping their in-house players, but one exception was bringing in Robin Lopez. Milwaukee signed Lopez to a one-year deal worth the vet minimum, reuniting the Lopez twins back in the 414 for a second stint together. While he will not be a needle-tipping addition, the addition of Robin Lopez is a fine one for the Bucks.
The Bucks needed a backup big man. Over the last couple of seasons, they’ve gone through quite a few names, including DeMarcus Cousins, Serge Ibaka, and Meyers Leonard. Having Lopez will give the Bucks a fine backup big and depth piece from day one next season. He’ll essentially serve as a “break glass in case of an emergency” big man who can provide more rebounding and size inside.
Financially, this contract will cost the Bucks the bare minimum, so there isn’t much to hate on that front, especially if this had anything to do with Robin’s twin brother, who will be featured higher on this list, re-signing with Milwaukee. At the end of the day, it’s not the flashiest move, but it makes sense for Milwaukee for a handful of reasons to add a seasoned big man to the roster.