Ranking Milwaukee Bucks contracts from bargain to nightmare

The Bucks have a few regrettable deals on their books that could haunt them.
Milwaukee Bucks, Khris Middleton, Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo
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Valuable now with a questionable future

11. Damian Lillard

Dame is an all-time great point guard, but his production is down a bit in Milwaukee. He is averaging 24.5 points, 6.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.0 steal in 34.9 minutes per game. The 6’2 guard is one of the best clutch scorers in the league but is shooting just 42.3 percent from the field and 35.0 percent on his threes this season.

Lillard is making $45.6 million this season and has two guaranteed years plus a player option remaining. If the 33-year-old declines further, his contract could swing into negative value. The Bucks are happy to have him and eager to chase a championship, but his deal could age poorly.

10. Jae Crowder

The 6’6 forward returned to Milwaukee on a one-year veteran minimum contract last summer. The 33-year-old can no longer handle a starter’s role and his production has been questionable this season. His versatility and defense still add value to their roster, but the Bucks are unsure how much he can be counted on in the playoffs.

9. Patrick Beverley

Pat Bev’s stats won’t jump off the screen, but his pesky defense and shot-making ability are crucial for the Bucks. They needed a perimeter defender capable of guarding the opposition’s lead ball-handler and bringing some intensity. Milwaukee is 9-4 in Beverley’s first 13 games, and the franchise needs him to play a crucial role in the playoffs.

The Milwaukee Bucks' young talent is still trying to prove they belong in the NBA.