Let’s discuss a few facts: 1) the 76ers Win-Now moves proved to enhance their playoff odds, and 2) the Raptors significantly upgraded their weakest positions with a bona fide All-Star (R.I.P. Grizzlies Marc Gasol) and the old flame of the NBA (R.I.P. Jeremy “Lin-Sanity” Lin). To add to this, the Celtics are still hyper talented. Issue? The Bucks only added Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. To top it all off? They just gave a 4 year, $70 million contract extension to Eric Bledsoe.
I personally am not a fan at all over the Bledsoe contract. I personally don’t see the rational in giving a 29 year old, non All-Star guard a near max contract when an All-Star 3-and-D wing is likely to decline his player option at the end of this year. However, I get the mantra of “a man playing on a new deal is a man playing to prove he deserved the new deal”.
This is a weird couple moves done by the Bucks. I can’t wait to see what happens, since they were lacking in depth. However, it was more wing depth over big depth since their best lineups occur when Giannis plays center (aka the soon to be Bledsoe-Brogdon-Middleton-Mirotic-Giannis). I hope Pau can get some meaningful minutes, but I’m concerned by these moves. It’s not as “Win-Now” and “Forward-Thinking” as the Celts, 76ers, and Raptors have been. I hope Giannis can shoulder the load, and lead this team to the promise land of the Conference Finals.