Their replacement is coming from within – George Hill.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
The Bucks don’t currently project to have enough cap room to make this signing, but there are several ways to get there. Among the possibilities:
- Milwaukee trades Ersan Ilyasova
- Milwaukee trades Jon Leuer
- Milwaukee stretches Leuer
- Milwaukee renounces the trade exception for Brogdon (which will be for half his starting salary)
- Brook Lopez has unlikely bonuses in his contract that would create extra cap flexibility
- Hill has unlikely bonuses in his contract that would create extra cap flexibility
- Lopez and Hill’s deals aren’t worth the precise amounts reported
One move the Bucks can’t make: Stretching Hill, whom they’re waiving before re-signing. They wouldn’t be allowed to re-sign him.
Stretching Leuer appears most likely, but wouldn’t be enough alone. So keep an eye on the other possibilities.
Hill played exceptionally well in the playoffs. Keeping him will allow Milwaukee – which is also re-signing Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez – to maintain continuity. But Hill is also 33. He won’t remain as productive as he was last postseason.
Overall, this is an OK signing for a team trying to win now. Perhaps importantly to Bucks ownership, it’s also a cheaper route than retaining Brogdon.