After signing their two top free agents in Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez, the Milwaukee Bucks kept on targeting their own players. According to Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report, Jae Crowder has agreed to a one-year deal to remain with the team.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 2023
Crowder was previously very disgruntled by his usage (or lack there of) by former Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer. However, the hiring of Adrian Griffin seems to have renewed his faith in the organization.
How Much Is Jae Crowder Making with the Milwaukee Bucks?
The terms of Crowder’s deal have not been made public, but here are some quick facts:
- After signing Middleton and Lopez, the Bucks have only $5 million in a tax payer middle-level exception to use to sign free agents.
- Crowder’s deal could be for the veteran minimum, but likely is not.
- Crowder is likely eating up part of or all of the mid-level exception.
The eight players under contract for 2023 already put the Bucks into the luxury tax. Without the mid-level exception available, Milwaukee can only use veteran minimum deals to fill out the remainder of their roster.
Current Players Under Contract with the Milwaukee Bucks for 2023-24
- Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Khris Middleton
- Jrue Holiday
- Brook Lopez
- Grayson Allen
- Pat Connaughton
- MarJon Beauchamp
- Bobby Portis
- Jae Crowder
Rookies Under Team Control That Can Still Sign with the Milwaukee Bucks
- Andre Jackson Jr.
- Chris Livingston
- Omari Moore
- Drew Timme
Other Free Agent/Roster Notes
- The Bucks can sign Thanasis Antetokounmpo to a contract above league minimum because they own his Bird rights.
- Wes Matthews’ early Bird rights are owned by the team, meaning he can get a contract that is 107% above the league average from Milwaukee (the league average is about $6.6 million).
- AJ Green was signed to a two-way contract and does not [yet] count against the team’s salary cap.