Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon expected to command an offer sheet between $17 to $20 million per year
The Milwaukee Bucks may have to pay up to $20 million per year to keep Malcolm Brogdon.
According to Adrian Wojnaorwski of ESPN (per Tommy Berr of Forbes), Brogdon will likely command $17 to 20 million in free agency. The 26-year-old guard is a restricted free agent this summer and could sign any offer sheet he desires. Once he signs an offer sheet, the Bucks have the option to match the salary in order to keep him.
.@wojespn, live just now on SportsCenter, says Bucks restricted FA Malcom Brogdon “is very likely going to command a significant offer sheet… The Bucks may have to be prepared to match an offer sheet that could be worth as much as $17, $18, maybe even $20 million a season.”
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) June 20, 2019
Unfortunately for Milwaukee, Brogdon is expected to attract significant interest, especially from teams looking to add a starting-caliber point guard. In fact, the Dallas Mavericks have shown interest and will most likely seek a meeting with the Atlanta native.
Moreover, the Chicago Bulls were reportedly keen in offering Brogdon a four-year, $80 million deal. If the Bulls indeed offer it and Brogdon signs, the Bucks may be forced to really pay him $20 million annually just to keep him.
The Bucks will have to handle this situation carefully, especially since they are also going to negotiate the new contract of All-Star forward Khris Middleton. If the Mavs, or any other team is willing to overpay Brogdon, then it is possible for Milwaukee to lose him this summer.
There is no doubt that Brogdon’s loyalty remains with the Bucks. Still, as history has told us each and every season, loyalty in the NBA can be bought…if the price is right.