Nikola Mirotic could get offers in the range of $13 to $14 million per season this summer
Mirotic becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Bucks acquired him from the New Orleans Pelicans on February 7.
That move, combined with Middleton’s signing elsewhere, would get the Bucks roughly $8 million under the cap; they could expand that room to $26 million by renouncing Nikola Mirotic, who has a cap hold of $18.8 million. But it might actually make more sense to try to bring Mirotic back. A league source thinks he will get offers in the range of $13 to $14 million per season, and the Bucks would need a shooter to replace Middleton’s three-point stroke. Paying Mirotic that price would also allow them to re-sign Brook Lopez with their remaining cap room—since they don’t own his Bird rights, they can’t go over the cap to bring him back.
The Bucks need to surround star Giannis Antetokounmpo with as many shooters as possible. One of the main reasons Milwaukee had the best record in the NBA this season is because of the amount of driving lanes Antetokounmpo had to attack the basket due to Brook Lopez, Mirotic and Ersan İlyasova stretching the floor by bringing their defenders out to the perimeter.
Mirotic made $12.5 million in 2018-19. With the Bucks, he averaged 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from beyond the arc.