June 30, 2019, 4:36 pmBrook LopezC, Milwaukee Bucks
Brook Lopez will reportedly agree to a four-year, $52 million deal to stay with the Bucks when free agency opens.
Lopez was a steal last summer and fit perfectly into Milwaukee's system as an elite floor-spacer and rim-protector. He won't be coming at a discount this time around, but he is certainly one of the more unique players in the game and vital to the Bucks' scheme.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 12:10 pmRichaun HolmesPF, Phoenix Suns
Alex Kennedy is reporting that Richaun Holmes is attracting interest from the Lakers, Bucks, and Bulls.
The Hoop-Ball favorite would slide right into the backup center role with all of these teams, with the Lakers or Bulls potentially being able to offer him the best role. Holmes likely won't be picking a new home until a lot of free agency dust settles, but we will be sure to monitor where he lands when he does.
Source: Alex Kennedy on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 9:31 amBrook LopezC, Milwaukee Bucks
In addition to the Bucks, the Clippers, Lakers and Pelicans are the main outside teams looking to acquire Brook Lopez according to Gery Woelfel.
It's been widely assumed that Lopez's services would be in high demand as he fits into a lot of teams plans like a glove. Any one of those teams could push to get Lopez at a contract the Bucks wouldn't be able to match, putting a huge dent in their core. Stay tuned on this front, as these are likely not the only teams looking to make a play for him.
Source: Gery Woelfel on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 12:26 amMalcolm BrogdonPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have extended a qualifying offer to Malcolm Brogdon, who is now a restricted free agent.
Brogdon is the most popular offer sheet candidate in the rumor mill these days, and while the Bucks want to retain him there is almost certainly a point at which they deem him too expensive. The Celtics, Sixers and Suns are a few of the teams that have been linked to Brogdon lately, and he is sure to field a number of competitive offers in the coming days.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
June 29, 2019, 10:32 pmMalcolm BrogdonPG, Milwaukee Bucks
According to Gery Woelfel, the Sixers are expected to make the biggest play in free agency for the services of Malcolm Brogdon.
Brogdon has a lot of appeal in the FA market right now, given that we expect some major shuffling of guards. He's a former Rookie of the Year awardee and has a fantasy-friendly game. Brogdon is not a ball-dominant guard and should be able to provide solid value (due to his efficiency) wherever he lands.
Source: Gery Woelfel on Twitter
June 29, 2019, 3:59 pmTaj GibsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Darren Wolfson is reporting that the Clippers, Nets, Bucks, Raptors, Warriors, Lakers, Bulls, Hornets and Blazers all have "some level of interest" in Taj Gibson.
Not all of those teams figure to be in serious pursuit of Gibson, but there will clearly be a competitive market for his services. All of those teams have need for a hard-nosed rebounder and solid veteran, though at this point you'd imagine that teams close to title contention will capture Gibson's attention more easily than rebuilding ones. His days as a standard-league fantasy asset are likely over but Gibson still has some real-life utility and won't break the bank to sign.
Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter
June 29, 2019, 3:51 pmGeorge HillPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Knicks have shown interest in George Hill and Wayne Ellington, per Ian Begley of SNY.
The Knicks are chasing the biggest names on the market but would like to flesh out the roster with affordable veterans either way. Hill will be waived by the Bucks rather than be paid $19 million, but Milwaukee has hopes to re-sign him on a more affordable deal. He'll be in demand as a lengthy veteran who can hit threes and defend, and the Knicks figure to have more to offer Hill in terms of salary. Ellington will be sought after as one of the free agent class's top 3-point shooters, and he figures to prioritize playing time, picking a fledgling Pistons team with limited guard depth last season after falling out of the rotation in Miami.
June 29, 2019, 2:50 pmNikola MiroticPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Shams Charanis is reporting that Nikola Mirotic has signed with Barcelona of the EuroLeague.
Well, that’s a shocker and certainly bad news for dynasty owners. Shams adds that Mirotic was in the market for around $45-50 million total contract in the NBA and we are assuming he will make less than that playing in Europe. He last played in the EuroLeague in 2014 for Real Madrid. At 28 years old, perhaps he returns to the NBA eventually.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 29, 2019, 2:23 pmNikola MiroticPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Spanish website, Sport, is reporting that Barcelona is attempting to sign Nikola Mirotic and that he is open to the idea.
Although unlikely, it is possible. Mirotic last played in the EuroLeague in 2014 and is very familar with the scene. Fantasy owners thought they struck fantasy gold last season with Mirotic when the season began until injuries forced him to miss big chunks of time in December and February until he was eventually dealt to the Bucks with a diminished role. The Jazz and Mavs are the current NBA teams reported to be interested in his services and he would likely see more opportunity on either of those teams than he did with the Bucks.
June 28, 2019, 6:24 pmKhris MiddletonSF, Milwaukee Bucks
Among Marc Stein's list of presumptions heading into free agency is the fact that Khris Middleton will re-sign with the Bucks.
Middleton hasn't been mentioned in many rumors as most people around the league feel that he'll be staying put in Milwaukee unless they fiddle around and try to short-change him. It would be a surprise if Middleton heads elsewhere this summer, though Stein is stopping short of declaring it a done deal. The Bucks have a good thing going and it's clear that both parties want to stay connected as the team continues to grow.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
June 28, 2019, 4:13 pmGeorge HillPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks will waive George Hill but would like to re-sign him as a free agent, per Shams Charania.
ESPN reported that this would happen earlier today, and with Hill having only $1 million of his $19 million guaranteed, it was hard not to see this coming. Hill should be a popular option on the open market, however, so the Bucks might not be able to outbid other teams unless they make a surprise move to open up cap space.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 28, 2019, 1:04 pmGeorge HillPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks will waive George Hill, who only has $1 million of his $19 million salary guaranteed for next season, but would be interested in having him return on a new deal.
Hill would be more of a priority if Malcolm Brogdon left on a big offer sheet, but he was a nice fit in Milwaukee regardless. The playoffs saw Hill return to form after a few down seasons, and if he does stick around while Brogdon departs then he'll be a late-round consideration in fantasy leagues.
June 28, 2019, 1:02 pmMalcolm BrogdonPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bulls, Celtics, Suns and Mavs are among teams that could consider offer sheeting Malcolm Brogdon this summer, per a report from Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne on ESPN.
The Bucks will be facing a luxury tax payment if (and when) they re-sign Khris Middleton, other teams will have the ability to put together a "toxic" offer sheet for Brogdon with a high salary next season and then declining payments thereafter, as well as bonuses that Brogdon would be more likely to hit in Milwaukee than elsewhere. The Bucks want to bring their entire core back together but Brogdon looks like one of the prime offer sheet candidates around the league, with lots of guard-needy teams armed with the space to make things tough on Milwaukee.
June 27, 2019, 12:49 pmBrook LopezC, Milwaukee Bucks
Per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, the Bucks and Brook Lopez are motivated to get a deal done, as evidenced by the Bucks clearing up cap space after trading Tony Snell away.
Lopez has become an elite three-point shooting big man the past few seasons and showed he was an ideal frontcourt mate next to MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks can offer Lopez a starting salary of roughly $14 million as of now and can get it even higher if they can unload Jon Leuer and/or George Hill.
Source: Sports Illustrated
June 26, 2019, 5:43 pmNikola MiroticPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Nikola Mirotic is another player on the Mavs' list of free agent targets, per Brad Townsend of the Dallas News.
Mirotic is not as high on the list as Patrick Beverley, but the Mavs see the stretch forward as a potential fit. While Mirotic ended the postseason out of the rotation for Milwaukee, he's going to be a hot commodity given his floor-spacing and should hold solid standard-league value no matter where he ends up.
Source: Dallas News