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Bucks’ offseason plans on Giannis Antetokounmpo supporting cast, revealed

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Bobby Portis Jr, PJ Tucker

The Milwaukee Bucks are fresh off their first NBA championship in 50 years but they’re already planning on what moves to make this offseason. While the core of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday are obviously staying put, there are two key free agents who the Bucks will be looking to retain, per BR’s Jake Fischer.

The reigning champion Bucks are believed to have interest in re-signing versatile defender P.J. Tucker on a deal framework of two years, $20 million, sources said. There’s also a belief that Bobby Portis and Milwaukee hope to strike a deal.

Bringing back Tucker and Portis definitely seem like a no-brainer. Tucker joined the Bucks in March from the Rockets prior to the trade deadline and instantly thrived as a defensive stopper. He started 19 of 23 games in the postseason and was arguably the team’s best defender, given the task of guarding Kevin Durant in the conference finals then Devin Booker and Chris Paul in the NBA finals. While his scoring output is minimal, Tucker’s leadership and competitive spirit are massive to the Bucks as we saw throughout the playoffs.

Portis meanwhile, enjoyed a solid campaign off the bench for Milwaukee, averaging 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per night while shooting an impressive 47% from beyond the arc. He also turned into a fan favorite and a key role player for the Bucks.

Both players just won a title and were important pieces to Giannis and Co. doing so. Therefore, it would not be any surprise to see Tucker and Portis back in Milwaukee next season as the Bucks look to run it back.