9 Bucks free agent signings that crashed and burned during Giannis era

The Bucks must learn from these regrettable free-agent signings.
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1. Danilo Gallinari

The Bucks went back to the buyout market to get Gallinari. One year after their Dragic addition flopped, Galo was the veteran that did not work. Head coach Doc Rivers shared his excitement (subscription required) when the move happened, but fans barely saw the 6’10 forward.

Gallinari averaged 2.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per game over 17 contests with the Bucks. He slipped from the rotation late in the season and played in just three of their six playoff contests, despite Giannis missing the entire series. The 35-year-old was coming off a second ACL injury and had almost nothing left in the tank.

The NBA’s new spending restrictions limits using the buyout market for high-spending teams like Milwaukee, so it is more difficult than ever to find an impactful option. The Bucks did not get one in Danilo Gallinari and fans may have seen the last of the veteran forward in the NBA.

The Milwaukee Bucks need to nail their moves in free agency this summer. The departure of Malik Beasley will hurt, and the franchise certainly needs an influx of talent. Can they learn lessons from these moves and use them to improve their roster this summer? Stay tuned to find out.