Keep or Shop: What the Bucks must do with every player under contract for next season

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After yet another early exit from the NBA Playoffs, the Milwaukee Bucks will have tough decisions to make this off-season.

It's clear that certain areas of the roster need to be tweaked to put this team in the best position to win and reach their ultimate goals. Luckily for them, they'll have quite a few assets in terms of draft capital, compelling contracts and quality players. That said, let us decide what the Bucks should do with every rostered player for next season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo - Keep, obviously

The Milwaukee Bucks will not be shopping Giannis Antetokounmpo this off-season. Not only did they ink him to a contract extension last off-season, but he's the engine that makes this team go, and their title goals primarily rely on him (look at how this past season panned out). Instead, they will aim to put the necessary pieces around him to better complement him.

Damian Lillard - Keep

The Bucks will almost certainly not pull the plug on the Damian Lillard experiment after one season in Milwaukee. After coming aboard just days before this past season began, Lillard had little time to get to know his teammates in what became an incredibly hectic season. Now, he can spend the summer working with the Bucks and be more prepared for the title hunt next season.

Milwaukee added Lillard to pair him alongside Antetokounmpo and form a lethal duo, but injuries kept them from sharing the court on the biggest stage. Next season, they will aim to stay healthy and make a legitimate run at a title, and rightfully so. Lillard has already talked about how excited he is to get back on the floor as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2024-25.