No. 8 – Re-signing Jae Crowder
A lot of Bucks fans didn’t expect Jae Crowder to re-sign after his turbulent stint with the team in the latter portion of last season. However, despite his minimal role down the stretch, the forward agreed to return to Milwaukee on a one-year deal. Crowder is clearly betting on himself in hopes of getting a bigger deal next season, and everyone wants to see him succeed.
Crowder is likely set to take on a much more significant role next season. With Wesley Matthews taking his talents to the Atlanta Hawks, No. 99 may assume the role of Milwaukee’s top defender on the wing. Crowder has the build and versatility to be the perfect wing defender for the Bucks if he can put the pieces together; he could also be the ideal small-ball four to unlock smaller lineups.
From a financial standpoint, this deal is about as good as it gets, as Crowder will make the veteran minimum next season. If he plays well, this could be a tremendous signing value-wise. If he fails to make much of an impact, it’s not like he’s eating a major chunk of the payroll. Hopefully, Crowder can achieve redemption and be a much bigger contributor in year two with the Milwaukee Bucks.