Predicting the Bucks' perfect starting lineup after ideal offseason

This Bucks starting five makes them a title contender.
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SF: Naji Marshall

The Bucks would love to trade Pat Connaughton’s $9.4 million contract for an upgrade on the wing. His 2025 player option and the franchise’s lack of draft capital complicate matters. Milwaukee has just one first-round pick to trade and not until after the 2024 NBA Draft is complete. Most teams would want that to take Connaughton’s contract.

There is no shortage of options available on the open market, and the Bucks have a blueprint. Derrick Jones Jr. signed a minimum contract with Dallas last summer and has been a crucial part of their run to the conference finals. The 27-year-old is in his prime and is a versatile defender with an improving jumper.

Most fans will point to Gary Harris or Alec Burks as free agents Milwaukee should target. Both start next season over 30 years old and have flaws. The Bucks should focus more on defense and versatility, which makes Marshall the choice. The 26-year-old has never played more than 23.3 minutes per game, but Pelican fans love him.

Does Marshall break out like Jones Jr. did in Dallas? It is worth a shot. The Bucks need an impactful option on the wing. Marshall’s 3-point shooting significantly improved this season, and he may be ready to take another step. The Bucks hope he is willing to accept the minimum to play a significant role on a contender.