The Indiana Pacers announced Saturday they have acquired guard Malcolm Brogdon from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a future first round draft pick, as well as two future second round draft picks.
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“We feel like Malcolm embodies the values that we’re about here at the Pacers; and he’s the perfect fit for our team,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard. “Having started on the team with the best record in the NBA last year, we value the leadership he’ll bring to our team, as well as his great ability to play multiple positions.”
The Dallas Mavericks entered today in “watch-and-wait” mode regarding restricted free agent Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks, with the possibility of extending him an offer sheet hinging on “how other options play out,” an NBA source tells DallasBasketball.com. And while they watched? The Pacers acted …
Zach Lowe: Malcolm Brogdon’s four-year, $85M deal with the Pacers is fully guaranteed, league sources say.
Mike Fisher: ALERT: NBA sources tell DallasBasketball.com #Mavs are among teams in ‘watch-and-wait’ mode in considering RFA offer sheet to #Bucks Malcolm Brogdon. Full scoop coming … pic.twitter.com/2WogLloV2b
Milwaukee had $13.2M in available cap space before free agency began. Lopez contract could start at $12.1M and still leave the team with $2M in room to sign a player to a 2+ year contract. Bird rights allows Milwaukee to exceed the cap to sign Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon. Milwaukee will still have the $4.8M room exception available.
Chris Haynes: The Milwaukee Bucks extended a qualifying offer to Malcolm Brogdon, officially making him a restricted free agent, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
The Bucks are bracing for a monster Brogdon offer sheet. They have a walkaway number somewhere, sources say. If Brogdon’s 2019-20 salary reaches $20 million or more, it becomes very hard for the Bucks to retain Brogdon [and the rest of their free agents].
The Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics (if they don’t land Kemba Walker), Phoenix Suns and Mavericks could consider an offer sheet for Brogdon and test the Bucks.
Mike Fisher: If Kemba to Boston means Boston isn’t bidding on Brogdon, that absolutely does NOT mean the Bucks can relax, thinking nobody else will bid on Brogdon. Other teams are examining what the RFA ‘magic number’ is that might make #Bucks flinch. pic.twitter.com/KiJayePSmR
Appearing on an episode of the “Silver Screen and Roll Podcast” on Wednesday, New York Times reporter Marc Stein said that the Lakers may pursue Milwaukee Bucks point guard Malcolm Brogdon if they miss out on Kyrie Irving or D’Angelo Russell (Transcript): “I know there’s been the big rumblings this week about D’Angelo Russell in the event the Nets end up renouncing him if the Nets get Kyrie. I’ve heard a rumble or two that don’t be surprised if (the Lakers) make a run at Brogdon as a restricted free agent. They would be a team that would be interested in him. I think it’s going to take a really big offer sheet to convince Milwaukee not to match, because they obviously are very fond of Brogdon.”
Despite a history of foot issues that could limit his value to some extent, the Bucks are “bracing” for a big offer sheet for Malcolm Brogdon, per Lowe. If Brogdon gets a deal in the range of $20MM+ per year, Milwaukee may have to decide between becoming a taxpaying team or letting him go.
Don’t be surprised if the Sixers attempt to pursue Boston’s Al Horford, Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, and Toronto’s Danny Green among others if they don’t bring all of their top free agents back. The team has some level of interest in all three players.
Mike Fisher: NBA source: #Mavs covet #Bucks RFA Malcolm Brogdon but view him as ‘longshot’ 247sports.com/nba/mavericks/… (vip) pic.twitter.com/SsPcbGZXZS
Bobby Marks: Milwaukee could create up to $14M in room and bring back Brook Lopez using cap space. The $22M+ in cap holds of Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton give Milwaukee an advantage when it comes to creating room. It also gives them a buffer when it comes to the tax.
Malika Andrews: Asked about how he hopes his free agency will play out this summer, Malcolm Brogdon said, “I don’t know. We’ll see.” He continued, saying that his focus is to get better this summer and shed some weight.
Another NBA official, whose team has Brogdon on its free-agency radar, contends if Brogdon is productive in the playoffs and proves his feet are fine, he will then become a coveted free agent. “There are several teams that need a quality guard,’’ the official said of the 26-year-old Brogdon. “I would say he’ll get between $14 million to $16 million. That would be my guess.’’
Bledsoe is one of four Bucks’ starters who figure to be free agents this summer, the others being Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon and Brook Lopez. Like Bledsoe, the aforementioned trio of Bucks are all bound for pay raises. “It might have happened before but I don’t ever recall a team having four starting players hitting the free agent market in one summer,’’ a longtime NBA executive said. “I don’t know how they’re going to handle this; I know they’re struggling with it, too.’’
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