The Milwaukee Bucks have faith in Miles Plumlee.
Plumlee agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks on Monday morning, as first reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein.
The four-year pro has already played for three teams, but he may have found a longer term home with the Bucks showing this kind of commitment to him. Last season, Plumlee played in 61 games, started 14, and he averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.3 minutes.
What makes the signing jump out somewhat is that now the Bucks owe Plumlee, Greg Monroe, and John Henson about $40 million next season. They must be pretty set with those three as their bigs, and also Thon Maker, who they picked 10th overall in June’s draft
Jason Kidd and the Bucks regressed by eight games last season after making the playoffs as a .500 team a few years ago. The brightest spot was the emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo as a freakish point guard during the second half of the season. Also, Jabari Parker bounced back from an injury-ruined rookie season with a decent sophomore campaign.
Kidd went with a smaller power forward often last season. Parker started there and even the Greek Freak could match up with opposing fours. That leaves just a few true bigs needed to rotate at center.
Monroe, Henson, and Plumlee will take up those 48 minutes, and then some. Monroe can step out and hit a jumper some but Henson and Plumlee are all about rolling to the rim and rebounding.
Plumlee has apparently shown the franchise a lot to make them believe he is worth $50 million.
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