Bucks offering draft picks to offload contracts of Tony Snell, Ersan Ilyasova
The Milwaukee Bucks are reportedly offering draft compensation this week in the hopes of finding a team willing to take on the contract of small forward Tony Snell or stretch forward Ersan Ilyasova via trade, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.
The Bucks are trying to create cap space so they can bring back some key players from this year’s team who become free agents. Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and Nikola Mirotic are unrestricted free agents this summer, while Malcolm Brogdon becomes a restricted free agent.
Milwaukee is offering draft compensation this week in hopes of finding a team willing to take on the contract of Tony Snell or Ersan Ilyasova via trade, league sources say, as the Bucks seek to create added flexibility to retain elite status in the East
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 17, 2019
Snell will make $11,392,857 next season, while Ilyasova will earn $7 million. The Bucks had the best record in the NBA this season, but lost to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games after taking a 2-0 series lead.
During the regular season, Snell averaged 6.0 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from beyond the arc. The 27-year-old only played in nine games in the 2019 postseason.
Ilyasova put up 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Bucks in the regular season. He stretched the floor well for Milwaukee, shooting 36.3 percent from the 3-point line.
The Bucks need more dynamic scorers next to superstar swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo. Re-signing Middleton seems to be a priority for the franchise as well.