Report: NBA executives project Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon gets 4-year, $60+ million ‘Marcus Smart+’ deal
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon is still progressing through a plantar fascia injury in his left foot that could see him miss another two to four weeks, but regardless of his health, the former Rookie of the Year is bound for an upcoming free-agent deal. According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, Brogdon could get roughly $15 million per year in what is being deemed a Marcus Smart-plus type of deal by one general manager:
“Brogdon is looking at a restricted free-agent contact next summer — no matter how quickly he heals — of four years and just north of $60 million, according to executives around the league. As one general manager told SN last week, Brogdon will be due a deal that counts as “Marcus Smart-plus.”
Brogdon has proved to be a jack of all trades and a relative boon for the Bucks since first drafting him in the second round with the 36th overall pick. The University of Virginia product proved to be well-rounded from the start, but bloomed into what could be his future NBA self in his third season, posting 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game during a fascinating 50-40-90 campaign.
The 6-foot-5 guard is viewed as a stabilizing presence, able to score, rebound, defend and create for others, while also becoming a 3-point sniper very early in his career.
Brogdon has a 40.8% career mark from beyond the arc after canning a career-high 42.6% this season from long distance.
Much like Smart did when negotiating a deal with the Boston Celtics last season, Brogdon is expected to start at the $15 million-per-year baseline and see what offers he musters from other teams around the league, seeing if Milwaukee is willing to match.
The Bucks could also make him an offer too hard to resist in hopes of avoiding the back-and-forth with other franchises, but they will have to keep in mind what could be a costly tax bill in the future after extending Eric Bledsoe and also having to deal with Khris Middleton’s upcoming deal.