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Milwaukee Bucks Free Agent Report

The Milwaukee Bucks re-sign familiar faces and add shooting depth in early free agency.

The first few days of free agency has brought a flurry of moves all across the league, including Zion Williamson, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Zach LaVine, and Nikola Jokic re-signing with their respective teams for super-max deals. Jalen Brunson is expected to sign for a $100 million deal with the Knicks, and rumors of a Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving super-deal have swirled, with a long list of rumored teams in the mix. One team that is unlikely to attempt a move for KD is the Milwaukee Bucks, who have made a series of roster moves on the opening day of free agency to solidify their core and bolster their three-point shooting.

Bobby Portis Signs for 4 Years-$49 million 

After signing a one-year deal last season to stay with Milwaukee for less money, Portis now signs up for a deserved long-term deal. The folk-hero of Milwaukee has become an offensive force and will have a major impact as the Bucks look to return to the promised land of another NBA Championship. Portis had a career year in his contract year of 2022, with a career-high in both points and minutes last season. The city has embraced Bobby in a special way, and it was clearly a priority for Milwaukee to bring him back. 

Joe Ingles Signs for 1 Year-$6.5 million 

General manager Jon Horst brings in a new face to the Bucks with veteran sharp-shooter Joe Ingles. The Bucks GM has prioritized help in the shooting department for Milwaukee, and this move fits the direction. The Australian-born Ingles is one of the most effective three-point specialists in the league and has a career 40% from range. The Bucks may not have Ingles for opening night, as he suffered an ACL tear in January and was down for the rest of the season for the Utah Jazz. Now in Milwaukee, Ingles will look to rehab and become another weapon for the Bucks come playoff time. 

Wes Matthews Signs for 1 Year-$2.9 million 

Matthews brings stability, veteran leadership, and strong defense back to the Bucks. A great complement guard to Jrue Holiday, who together create one of the most feared defensive backcourts in the league. This is a great value pickup for the Bucks.  

Pat Connaughton Opts-In for $5.7 million

The versatile Connaughton remains a Buck for another season and avoids free agency. Connaughton delivered impact minutes for the Bucks in the regular season and playoffs and will continue to provide hustle and solid shooting and defense to the Bucks off the bench. 

Jevon Carter Signs 2 Year-$4.6 million 

After signing with Milwaukee late last season, Carter will have a chance to climb the rotation. The defensive-minded Carter gave the Bucks solid minutes last season, and Carter could take the important role of back-up point guard behind Holiday. Carter will be in the mix of bench guards with Grayson Allen and George Hill. 

Bucks Draft MarJon Beauchamp 

The Bucks spent their only pick of the 2022 NBA Draft on MarJon Beauchamp. The guard was drafted from the G-League Ignite team, after playing for the collegiate Yakima Valley Yaks. Highly recruited out of high school, MarJon almost quit basketball during the COVID-19 pandemic but was able to play for his hometown college where he shined enough to attract NBA/G-League attention. Standing at 6-6, Beauchamp has nice size and will look to be a three-and-D contributor for Milwaukee. Beauchamp will wear # 0 for the Bucks. 

Past Bucks on the Move

P.J. Tucker Signs for 3 Years-33 million with the Philadelphia 76ers 

After spending a season in Miami, Tucker goes to another Eastern Conference foe in the 76ers. Tucker played for many seasons in Houston with James Harden, who recruited Tucker to join him and Joel Embiid in Philly. 

Donte DiVincenzo Signs for 2 Years-$9.3 million with Golden State Warriors 

The defending champion Warriors look to replace some of the guard depth they lost in free agency. DiVincenzo spent last year with the Sacramento Kings and looks to join a team that will be in stronger contention than Sacramento. 

Written by Joel Kananen

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