NBA News: Brook Lopez and the Milwaukee Bucks have formed quite a relationship over the last few years. The Bucks’ center has solidified himself as a consistent Defensive Player of the Year candidate and a constant scoring threat. Lopez is also an unrestricted free agent this off-season, but the Milwaukee Bucks have a strong desire to bring him back.
Milwaukee Bucks Have “Strong Desire” To Bring Back C Brook Lopez
The Milwaukee Bucks have a “strong desire” to retain their starting center, Brook Lopez, and forward Khris Middleton this summer, according to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto.
According to Forbes, the maximum contract Lopez can sign with the Bucks is three years for $54 million. Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has a player option for the 2025-26 season and guard Jrue Holiday is a 2024-25. It would make sense if the Bucks tried to have Lopez under contract at a similar time.
Lopez told HoopsHype in January he wants to get a raise — he had a four-year contract worth $52 million — and stay in Milwaukee.
“I’m so thankful for the opportunity the Bucks gave me five years ago to come here and be a part of something special,” Lopez said. “We’ve had a great time. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
Has Brook Lopez Earned A Massive Pay Day From The Milwaukee Bucks?
In short? Absolutely he has. While not much of a defender in his early years, Brook is currently one of the best defensive anchors in the NBA. Lopez was tied for second in block shots per game at 2.5, only trailing Jaren Jackson Jr. for the top spot. Additionally, he contended for a Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Lopez may be a darn good three-point shooter, but his efficiency has been off the charts. He has been in the 80th percentile for post-scoring in terms of points per possession. With the New Jersey Nets, he made his career out of being a great post player and he still has that skill. In addition to his great post-scoring, he is excellent in the Pick and Roll. He has turned into the epitome of an all-around big man and certainly deserves a big contract from the Milwaukee Bucks.
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