The Milwaukee Bucks shortly pivoted in free company to shore up their depth, however the Bogdan Bogdanovic saga nonetheless haunted over their strikes this offseason.
It was removed from sleek at occasions, however the Milwaukee Bucks’ strikes in free company have quieted down from over the weekend and fewer than a month out to the beginning of the 2020-21 season.
There’s no query the Bucks needed to pivot from their unique grand plans in gentle of their blockbuster addition of Jrue Vacation and seeking to shore up the highest finish of their roster round their cornerstones. These plans modified in light of their unsuccessful pursuit of Bogdan Bogdanovic amid loads of questions and now with an ongoing tampering investigation lurking within the background.
That offered the messy backdrop with which the Bucks needed to fall again to their ‘Plan B’ of reshaping their roster after transferring on from Bogdanovic.
There was the matter of retaining Pat Connaughton on a three-year deal, the lone Bucks free agent to have been retained by Milwaukee to date this offseason.
There have additionally been the free agent additions between D.J. Augustin, Torrey Craig, Bryn Forbes and Bobby Portis, all of which is able to reshape the Bucks’ bench. And that goes together with the Bucks’ pair of second spherical choices by means of the draft, Sam Merrill and Jordan Nwora.
Definitely, the Bucks have been as aggressive as they are often by way of not working it again following their dismal displaying within the Japanese Convention Semifinals in opposition to the Miami Warmth and with Giannis Antetokounmpo maintaining his playing cards near the vest together with his supermax extension.
Simply as was the case with Malcolm Brogdon final season, the pursuit of Bogdan Bogdanovic will linger over the Milwaukee Bucks’ 2020-21 season.
Beneath any situation that Bucks followers had been getting ready for going into the beginning of the commerce season and the offseason, coming away with somebody like Vacation would have left the fanbase over the moon for the longer term, even on the exorbitant worth the Bucks paid. Which will look higher if Vacation had been to increase and Antetokounmpo ends hypothesis by signing his supermax extension earlier than the 2020-21 season begins.
But how the sordid Bogdanovic saga performed out has actually left a bitter style behind, particularly when it was very potential the Bucks had assembled probably the most proficient five-man unit in franchise historical past below that potential basis.
Beneath all intents and functions, Milwaukee thought as massive as they might have to make sure their title hopes and signaling to Antetokounmpo to remain long-term. Which will very properly nonetheless occur after touchdown somebody like Vacation, however the truth that the two-time MVP had been reportedly been recruiting Bogdanovic to return to Milwaukee as The Athletic’s Sam Amick and Eric Nehm ($$) reported late final week provides a layer to the entire intrigue swirling round Antetokounmpo.
There’s a motive why Bogdanovic was value virtually what had been left of the Bucks’ depth on the time and they’d have been arduous pressed in with the ability to patch collectively a top quality bench unit. The latter is actually a primary world downside for a staff just like the Bucks that had no selection however to roll the cube with the way forward for the franchise at stake with Antetokounmpo’s choice.
Now, the Bucks have recovered, albeit after stumbling round for a while there, and have replenished their depth as they might have after churning over their roster and almost parting methods with their lone piece of the longer term, Donte DiVincenzo. In the meantime, Bogdanovic’s destiny will quickly be revealed after signing a four-year, $72 million supply sheet with the Atlanta Hawks, which the Sacramento Kings should match to maintain him in Sacramento.
Will all of it show to be as profitable had the Bucks with the ability to land Bogdanovic ultimately? Time will inform, however the Bucks’ grand plans being dashed by an unseemly set of circumstances leaves them with fairly the ‘What if?’ situation at such a essential level within the franchise’s trajectory.