The Milwaukee Bucks accomplished their two biggest goals of free agency within the first two days of the negotiation period. Khris Middleton was signed to a three-year contract and Brook Lopez re-signed for two more seasons. As a sort of bonus for Bucks fans, Jae Crowder also agreed to a one-year contract to return to Milwaukee.
However, the Bucks also saw two of their best three-point shooters depart for new teams. Joe Ingles signed a two-year deal with the Orlando Magic and Jevon Carter signed with his hometown Chicago Bulls.
The departure of Carter is especially tough because the Bucks are now without a backup point guard. They need more shooters and at least one ball-handler on the bench, but can only use league minimum contracts to fill the rest of their roster.
The Milwaukee Bucks Have Shown Interest in Malik Beasley
There are not many players that the Bucks can sign for a minimum salary that will have the same effectiveness as Carter. However, one player they have looked into signing is Malik Beasley, who recently had his option declined by the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype:
“Lakers free agent guard Malik Beasley has drawn interest from the Sixers, Suns, Raptors, Mavericks, Bucks, and Warriors, league sources told HoopsHype. Beasley led the NBA in three-pointers made off the bench last season and is a career 37.8 percent shooter from beyond the arc.”
Between the Utah Jazz and Lakers last season, Beasley averaged 12.7 points while shooting 39.5% from three. Of course, the Bucks would love to be able to add Beasley. However, the other five teams that are interested in him all have more money to offer than Milwaukee.
The chances of Beasley signing with the Bucks are slim, but not impossible. In any case, Milwaukee is not going to settle for just any player to fill their roster. They are doing their due diligence and will sign the best players they can convince to take less money to join a winner.
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The Lakers have declined Malik Beasley's team option to have access to a non-taxpayer mid-level exception over $12 million. This decision allows them to use funds for potential signings and strengthen their roster.
Before joining the Lakers, Malik Beasley played for the Denver Nuggets and then later the Minnesota Timberwolves. He initially played for the Nuggets as the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. After spending three and a half seasons with the Nuggets, he was then traded to the Timberwolves.
Malik Beasley's contract with the Milwaukee Bucks is worth $2,709,849, for one year, with the entire amount guaranteed. His annual average salary is also $2,709,849. In the 2023-24 season, Beasley will earn a base salary and carry a cap hit of $2,709,849, with a dead cap value of $2,019,706.