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It will be interesting to see how the Bucks handle this offseason.  

Do they retain Pat C and Portis?  Do they extend Middleton?  Do they keep or trade the 24th overall pick?   What to do with MLE?   Lopez is in his final year.  Keep or trade him?

Run it back?  That’s a possibility for sure.

As long as Giannis is in Milwaukee the window is open.  I’m not sold at all on Miami or Philly.  Boston will be a factor. If the stars are aligned the Nets could be a factor.  No idea what to make of Chicago or Cleveland or Atlanta.

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Middleton is the biggest decision. I think you extend him as he's only 30 and his game is not reliant on explosive athleticism. He may age pretty well. You also aren't likely to get anyone as good for a long time.

They have to plan for what's after Lopez. He's now 34 years old and coming off major back surgery. I don't think he you can count on him for 28-30 minutes in the playoffs. I think he needs to become your 15-20 minute guy and you set your plan in motion to replace him.

@Tschmack posted:

Interesting development with PJ Tucker opting out of his contract with Miami.  

Possible reunion with the Bucks?

Doubtful. Some people (including me) have discussed whether the Bucks would have gotten by the Celtics had they had him, but I think Matthews was a better option than him and they play the same role. The Bucks lost because they didn't have enough offense in that series without Middleton and you couldn't have played him and Matthews at the same time anyway.

If Tucker opted out of a 7.4 million dollar player option, he or his agent must know there is at least an equivalent offer coming. While that must be the case, I don't see the logic in it. He'll be 38 before next years playoffs, does nothing on offense except stand in the corner and shoot wide open 3s, and just came off the Celtics Game 7 loss where he was benched in the second half.

He’s obviously seeking a multiple year deal.  His contract with Miami was a 1 + 1 (player option).  

My guess is he’d likely take less $$ per year than 7.4M but he wants more guaranteed years.   Given he’s 38 that’s a big risk.

I thought getting Matthews for basically 2M was a steal and comparable in performance to Tucker this past year.  

@Tschmack posted:

He’s obviously seeking a multiple year deal.  His contract with Miami was a 1 + 1 (player option).  

My guess is he’d likely take less $$ per year than 7.4M but he wants more guaranteed years.   Given he’s 38 that’s a big risk.

I thought getting Matthews for basically 2M was a steal and comparable in performance to Tucker this past year.  

I can't see anyone giving him a contract that goes until he's 40.

Tucker seems like the kind of guy that constantly has a chip on his shoulder and uses it to fuel him. It works for him when he's a defensive role player on a playoff-level team. I think it also affects his judgement negatively in these types of contract negotiations. He was irritated with the Rockets because they only offered 2 years and 17 million. He left the Bucks after he felt "disrespected" after they told him they'd match any offer he got. He left the Heat after one year and declined 7.4 million. It seems like an incredibly stupid decision.

However, there is some chatter he's going to get multiple offers.

https://www.nydailynews.com/sp...psviucyde-story.html

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According to Woj, it sounds like Pat C is opting in for this season so he will be back.  Good news for the Bucks.  Could be a sign that they extend him later this summer.

As for Tucker, I’m not sure it makes sense to get him.  He wasn’t much of a factor for Miami against Boston, and as you pointed out MP2 the Wes Matthews signing was just as impactful for a lot less money.

Personally, I think you’d be crazy to sign him to a 2 or 3 year deal given his age and the fact he’s not playable against every team.  

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