Key additions: Jrue Holiday, DJ Augustin, Bobby Portis, Bryn Forbes, Torrey Craig, Nik Stauskas
Key re-signing:Pat Connaughton
Key departures: Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, Wesley Matthews, Kyle Korver, Robin Lopez, Ersan Ilyasova, Marvin Williams
Best move: Landing Jrue Holiday
Worst move: The Bogdan Bogdanovic fiasco
Milwaukee had one of the more hectic offseasons of any team, making various moves to the roster in hopes of getting Giannis Antetokounmpo to agree to an extension this offseason, which, to this point, has yet to happen.
We’ll start with the positives here: Landing Jrue Holiday – one of the most underrated players in basketball, an elite defender and a point guard who has actually had major playoff moments before – could prove to be absolutely huge, especially if it gets Antetokounmpo either to extend this offseason or re-sign in 2021.
The price for Holiday was enormous (three first-round picks, one of which became the draft rights to RJ Hampton and two pick swaps) and without a doubt an overpay, but if it gets the Greek Freak to commit, it’ll be well worth it. On the other hand, if Giannis still leaves next offseason, provided the team has another early playoff exit, the move will be absolutely disastrous for Milwaukee’s future.
Now, to the negatives: The Bucks’ front office borderline ruined their reputation with how sloppily they handled the Bogdan Bogdanovic fiasco. By allowing the names of the players who would be headed to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the Serbian sharpshooter (Donte DiVicenzo, DJ Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova) to leak too early, Milwaukee basically told the NBA they had tampered with Bogdanovic on what his contract with the Bucks would be way before they were allowed to, thus killing the deal, destroying their chance to pick up an elite marksman and putting them under investigation for tampering.
Beyond that, once the Bogdanovic sign-and-trade fell through, the Bucks didn’t pivot in a very impressive way. Sure, DJ Augustin, Bobby Portis and Forbes should be fine reserves and form a solid bench for Milwaukee, but none of them are the potential game-changers Bogdanovic could have been.
It might not wind up mattering as Antetokounmpo does appear to be fully committed to the Bucks and might still even decide to extend this offseason, but if he doesn’t, it’ll be quite clear why.