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Teams examining what the ‘magic number’ is for Bucks RFA Malcolm Brogdon

Malcolm Brogdon, Bucks

While the Milwaukee Bucks breathed a sigh of relief once the Boston Celtics became favorites to sign Kemba Walker after prying on their restricted free agent Malcolm Brogdon, the team with the best record in the NBA last season isn’t off the hook quite yet.

According to Mike Fisher of 247 Sports, teams around the league are examining what the “magic number” is that will make the Bucks flinch in a delicate offseason stretch.

Brogdon is expected to have plenty of interest, and even if Boston isn’t around to throw money at him after signing Walker, there are 13 other teams with the funds available to do so.

The Virginia product has emerged as a key pillar to what head coach Mike Budenholzer and general manager Jon Horst are building in Milwaukee, recently coming off a rousing 50-40-90 season, becoming the second-youngest player to achieve the feat at 26 years old (Kevin Durant [24] 2012-13).

Teams will prod Milwaukee with tempting offers to Brogdon, hoping to test the limits to what they’re willing to match for his services.

The Bucks already have a priority in their hands in Khris Middleton, who is expected to get a five-year deal for a touch less than the max. Brogdon will be their second priority while others like Nikola Mirotic and Brook Lopez also await a decision — and swiflty.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe noted such magic number does exist (h/t Sagar Trika of Blazers Edge):

“I think Milwaukee has a number that’s too high for them, and they’re sitting there getting scared about where that number’s gonna come from.”

If a team can find this magic number, there’ s a real possibility that the Bucks don’t match it and are forced to let Brogdon walk.