And Miles Plumlee might have been their most effective center.
Plumlee, a barely discussed part of the Brandon Knight–Michael Carter-Williams trade, played little in Milwaukee and was shopped last season. Then he moved into the rotation, fit well and entered restricted free agency positioned to earn some money.
Apparently, a lot of money.
Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
This is a far-bigger deal than expect for Plumlee, who turns 28 before the season. If it’s fully guaranteed, Milwaukee will be paying him a sizable amount as he exits his prime — concerning given Plumlee’s reliance on his athleticism. Plus, the Bucks had leverage with Plumlee restricted.
Still, his mobility and ability to protect the rim brought together Jason Kidd’s aggressive defense in a way the more-talented Monroe can’t. Plumlee re-signing for this salary will only increase chatter about a Monroe trade.