A look at the Bucks’ contract situations heading into offseason
The NBA is in a bit of limbo – the season is over but there’s no dates yet for the start of the 2020-21 season.
The salary cap is also an unknown – it was projected to rise to perhaps $116 million but that was pre-pandemic. Now it might remain at around $109 million.
As things stand for the Milwaukee Bucks, they have eight players with guaranteed contracts currently on the roster (although that could jump to 10 rather quickly). There’s also some decisions to be made on bringing back some free agents and perhaps letting others go. There also could be another player added via the draft, which will be held Nov. 18 (the Bucks own just one pick, No. 24 overall).
When considering Milwaukee’s contracts and salary-cap this offseason, keep in mind the Bucks have $3,169,348 for Jon Leuer and $1,865,546 in dead-cap money for 2020-21.
The offseason will also be dominated by talk of Giannis Antetokounmpo and his potential contract extension, but that’s for another day.
For now, here’s a rundown of the Bucks’ contract situations this offseason, with base salary numbers included (information from Spotrac and basketball-reference.com).
Signed (guaranteed contracts)
Giannis Antetokounmpo: Signed through 2020-21 ($27,528,090 in 2020-21).
Thanasis Antetokounmpo: Signed through 2020-21 ($1,701,593 in 2020-21; $1,982,621 qualifying offer for 2021-22).
Eric Bledsoe: Fully guaranteed signed through 2021-22 ($16,875,000 in 2020-21; $18,125,000 in 2021-22; $19,375,000 in 2022-23 with $3.9M guaranteed and becoming fully guaranteed if not waived before June 29, 2022).
Donte DiVincenzo: Signed through 2020-21 with team option ($3,044,160 in 2020-21; $4,675,830 team option for 2021-22; $6,602,272 qualifying offer for 2022-23).
George Hill: Fully guaranteed signed through 2020-21 ($9,590,602 in 2020-21; $10,047,297 in 2021-22 with $1,275,491 guaranteed and becoming fully guaranteed if not waived before July 1.
Brook Lopez: Signed through 2022-23 ($12,697,675 in 2020-21; $13,302,325 in 2021-22; $13,906,976 in 2022-23).
Khris Middleton: Signed through 2022-23 with an option ($33,051,724 in 2020-21; $35,500,00 in 2021-22; $37,948,276 in 2022-23; $40,396,55 player option for 2023-24).
D.J. Wilson: Signed through 2020-21 ($4,548,280 in 2020-21; $6,422,172 qualifying offer for 2021-22).
Signed (non-fully guaranteed contracts)
Ersan Ilyasova: Signed through 2020-21 ($7,000,000 fully guaranteed if not waived before Nov. 21).
Robin Lopez: Has $5,005,350 player option for 2020-21.
Wes Matthews: Has $2,692,991 player option for 2020-21.
Free agents (2019-20 base salary)
Sterling Brown: Restricted with $2,023,150 qualifying offer ($1,618,520).
Pat Connaughton: Unretricted ($1,723,050).
Kyle Korver: Unrestricted ($2,564,753).
Frank Mason III: Restricted with $1,544,548 qualifying offer (two-way contract).
Cam Reynolds: Restricted with $1,549,812 qualifying offer (two-way contract).
Marvin Williams: Unrestricted ($15,006,250; note – Williams has said he’s retired).