Nice, but isn't that the trade package for AD?
Maybe my point. I think we can win the championship this year. I think we will be better next year without Davis. I think all the other true contenders will be worse. We have those players locked up, some for at least 7-8 years.
I don't know whether Milwaukee or Denver will be worse, but all the other teams probably will.
They have to lose a couple of their core - Mirotic, Bledsoe, Middleton, Lopez, and Brogdon. I don't think any of their core can/will get better even if they can find a way to keep them all. Middleton will get a max contract. Brogdon will likely get something like what Smart got, maybe a little less. At that point, they are already over the cap and within 25 million of the luxury tax. Bledsoe will get paid. Mirotic will get paid. Lopez will get paid. Are they better with that team? I think this year is a fluke. They will become a middling team next year after all these guys are off their contract year.
Denver might be better though. That's a good point.
I think that the Bucks will keep their core as much as possible and not try to find an extra star in free agency, but all those likely salary increases together indeed adds up to a big amount.
Will they let go of Middleton?
Brogdon is a keeper for sure (and a restricted free agent), Bledsoe might not be that expensive and Lopez is a fantastic fit on that team.
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