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
Milwaukee Bucks, Khris Middleton, Damian Lillard, Giannis Antetokounmpo / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Danilo Gallinari

The Bucks signed the veteran forward off the buyout market in hopes he would boost their bench. Through nine games, Gallo is averaging 1.9 points and 0.9 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game. The 35-year-old missed the entire 2022-23 season with a torn ACL, and he appears to be on the verge of retirement.

The Bucks are paying him a portion of the veteran minimum contract, but even that is too much if he is barely seeing the floor and not producing when he does.

3. Thanasis Antetokounmpo

Thanasis is on a one-year contract. Giannis wants his older brother on the team, and the 31-year-old adds value in the locker room and on the bench. He has barely played in each of the last five seasons and likely would not be in the NBA without his superstar brother.

2. Pat Connaughton

Connaughton has seen his playing time decrease for three straight years. The 6’5 wing is averaging just 5.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 21.6 minutes per game this season. His percentages are strong, including making 39.1 percent of his 3-point attempts, but he is just not producing enough.

Connaughton is set to make $9.4 million next season with a player option for $9.4 million in 2025. It is a bit of a hefty price for a 20-minute per-game role player. The Bucks could explore his value on the trade market this summer as they look to upgrade their roster.

Pat Connaughton’s deal looks bad, but the Milwaukee Bucks have a worse contract.