Starting at Friday at 11:01 p.m. CT, NBA teams can start negotiating with free agents (but they can't sign until July 6). As usual, there are a lot of big names on the market, but don't expect to hear the Milwaukee Bucks mentioned often, if at all. The salary cap is expected to come in at around $99 million (lower than original projections) and the Bucks are right up against that number (and still have to sign top pick D.J. Wilson), although they do have available a mid-level exception (up to $8,406,000) and bi-annual exception (up to $3,290,000), but they can only use one of those not both. What does it all mean? We take a look at some of the players in Milwaukee's current cap situation and some possible free-agent targets … if they can find the money.
Greg Monroe and Spencer Hawes
Both big men had player options for the 2017-18 season and both Monroe and Hawes opted-in. For Monroe, that meant getting a base salary of $17,885,175 this upcoming season (can you blame him for picking up his option?), which will be the second-highest salary on the Bucks behind Giannis' Antetokounmpo, whose $100 million deal kicks in with an over $22 million salary in 2017-18. Milwaukee will have five players scheduled to make $10 million or more this season (also Khris Middleton, John Henson and Mirza Teletovic). Hawes' player option will give him $6,021,175. Yes, you can say "trade (insert player here)" to create cap room, but that will depend on another team wanting said player and having the cap room.
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Snell is a restricted free agent, meaning the Bucks could match any offer he gets. And Snell is expected to more than double his salary from last season, which was a tad over $4.5 million. Snell is coming off a year in which he started 80 games for Milwaukee and set career highs in points per game (8.5), field-goal percentage (45.5), 3-pointers (144), 3-point field-goal percentage (40.6), true shooting percentage (60.3) and effective field-goal percentage (58.8). In other words, he'll be a valuable commodity on the open market. Word is Milwaukee wants him back. The question is, can they afford him?
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An unrestricted free agent, Beasley made just over $1.4 million last season and should command a similar number this offseason. Injuries limited Beasley to 56 games in 2016-17, but he fit in well, averaging 9.4 points while shooting career bests from the field (53.2 percent) and from 3 (41.9 percent). The 6-foot-9 forward is still only 28 years old and could fit right back into Milwaukee's bench.
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Terry will be 40 in September but apparently wants to keep playing and would like to do so for another season in Milwaukee. Terry averaged 18.4 minutes in 74 games last season for the Bucks. While he averaged just 4.1 points per game, but did make 42.7 percent of his 3-point attempts, his best percentage from downtown since the 2007-08 season. Terry made just over $1.5 million last season and would likely get the veteran minimum. Of course, he's probably not a priority for teams in free agency and can be a later signing, if need be.
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Anyone in the mood for a homecoming? Bogut certainly isn't the player he was during his time in Milwaukee from 2005-12, but he is still a great rim protector and rebounder, something the Bucks could desperately use. Bogut has something to prove, too, after suffering a broken tibia in March -- the injury a big reason his price tag might just be the veteran's minimum. Bogut can add value, especially in some of Milwaukee's current weaker departments.
Imagine a close-game situation, Milwaukee needing a 3 and a team trying to decide who to defend: Khris Middleton or Korver. The 36-year-old is a nice role player for a contending team, which, hey, the Bucks are now considered. He doesn't figure to have too many suitors and likely can be had on the cheap thanks in part to his age. Korver has led the NBA in 3-point percentage in three of the last four years.
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Take a look around the internet and many pundits think Hill would be a great fit for Milwaukee. Of course it's another fit which presents a problem -- getting him to fit with the payroll structure. Hill, 31 and a former first-round pick of the Spurs, is coming off a five-year, $40 million contract (i.e. $8 million per season). The point guard really took off once landing in Indiana and last season in Utah had a career year -- welp, that doesn't help his price tag -- averaging a career-best 16.9 points per game along with 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds (although in just 49 games). He also made 94 3s at a 40.3 percent clip, shooting 47.7 percent from the field overall. It's nice to dream.