This is obviously the biggest question in the offseason. We laid out a few possibilities back in January after Jason Kidd was fired and now you can add Mike Budenholzer, who left the Atlanta Hawks via mutual agreement. Budenholzer might be a tough sell, based on Atlanta winning just 24 games this past season, but the Hawks did win 60, 48 and 43 games each of the previous three years. Certainly the direction Milwaukee goes with its next coach could very well impact other questions, such as …
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What will happen with Jabari Parker?
One advantage for the Bucks is Parker is a restricted free agent, meaning they can match any offer. There's a lot of pros and cons with Parker and salary might be the final determining factor. Spotrac has put a $20 million cap hold on Parker for Milwaukee; that might be too high. Of course, Parker might be looking for a max contract -- that'd definitely be too high. Parker, though, is only 23 years old and flashed his potential in 2016-17 when he averaged 20.1 points per game. He's also upped his 3-point game without sacrificing his overall field-goal percentage. His defense though is spotty at best. He definitely had his good -- and bad moments -- in the playoffs. Once considered a big piece of the future, it is entirely realistic to think he won't be in Milwaukee in 2018-19. Perhaps a sign and trade?
Who else could be gone from the roster?
Three players could be let go without the Bucks taking on dead money: guards Malcolm Brogdon and Brandon Jennings and center Tyler Zeller. The contracts of Jennings and Zeller are non-guaranteed for 2018-19 while Brogdon's becomes guaranteed if he's not waived by June 30. Shabazz Muhammad and Jason Terry will both be unrestricted free agents. Brogdon's name has been brought up in the past in trade talks, but of this group it wouldn't be a surprise if all but the "The President" are off the roster by next season. Other contracts -- Matthew Dellavedova (two years, $19.215 million remaining), John Henson (two years, $20.310M) and Tony Snell (two years + player option, $34.179M) -- might be tough to unload.
How much cap room do the Bucks have?
According to Spotrac, the 2018 NBA luxury tax threshold is $123 million and the salary cap max is $101 million. The Bucks have $96,113,349 committed to their active roster next season plus another $7,372,605 in dead money (for Spencer Hawes, Larry Sanders and Mirza Teletovic). In other words, Milwaukee is already $2,485,954 over the cap max space with just over $19.5 million in luxury cap space.
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Can they get an impact player in the NBA draft?
Milwaukee has the No. 17 overall pick in this year's draft. Recent history doesn’t bode well for the Bucks finding someone who can make an immediate impact. Milwaukee has had the No. 17 selection twice in the last three years and selected D.J. Wilson and Rashad Vaughn. In 2016 and 2014 the picks at that spot were Wade Baldwin and James Young, neither of whom has done much in the NBA. While history suggests it will be hard to get an impact player at No. 17, it's not impossible. Guard Dennis Schroder of Atlanta was taken there in 2013 as were Jrue Holiday (2009), Roy Hibbert (2008), Danny Granger (2005), Josh Smith (2004) and Desmond Mason (2000). Going back a bit further but also in the lottery era were Jermaine O'Neal (1996), Doug Christie (1992) and Shawn Kemp (1989). But it's no doubt more bad -- or at least average -- than good. Other recent picks include Tyler Zeller (2012), Iman Shumpert (2010), Sean Williams (2007) and, yes, Shawne Williams (2006).