9 People who turned their backs on the Milwaukee Bucks

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4. Malcolm Brogdon

Malcolm Brogdon was a real diamond in the rough for the Bucks, as he plucked him from the second-round of the 2016 NBA Draft. And while most second-round picks don't often take the court, he started out with a bang, winning Rookie of the Year and averaging 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 45.7 percent from the field, 40.4 percent from deep, and 86.5 percent from the charity stripe.

Brogdon even became a part-time starter in Milwaukee.

The Virginia product upped his scoring totals in each of the next two seasons, averaging 13 points in 2017-18 and 15.6 points in 2018-19. 

He looked like a real find for the Bucks' front office.

Until it came time for contract negotiations.

Brogdon received a $85 million contract from the Indiana Pacers in restricted free agency, which the Bucks declined to match, as it would've put them in a bind financially. In addition, it's hard to justify giving that kind of cash to someone who had such a small role as Brogdon did on those Bucks teams.

Shortly after he left Milwaukee, Brogdon took a parting shot at the Bucks.

"I would’ve loved to play for this team, if they had wanted me. If they had valued me the way the Pacers value me. That’s all I gotta say.”

That's a subtle jab, sure. But considering that the Bucks were the ones who gave him an opportunity in the league and allowed him to showcase his abilities, it was petty and unnecessary.