Free Agent big-man Brook Lopez and the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a 1-year deal worth about $3-and-a-half million dollars. The two sides put pen to paper late Sunday, making this the most recent move the Bucks have made in free agency.
Former All-Star Brook Lopez has just signed with the Bucks🦌 pic.twitter.com/WpB9idfQ5S
— IKE Bucks (@IKE_Bucks) July 8, 2018
The veteran big man is coming off a less-than-disappointing 2017-2018 campaign where he saw his role with the Los Angeles Lakers reduced, causing him to have career lows in points per game, shooting percentage and minutes played. Two other categories where the 30-year-old struggled mightily during last season with the Lakers was in blocks and rebounds. Reports often surfaced surrounding Lopez stating he was “growing frustrated” with his play time as the season dragged on.
— VN Design (@vndsgn) July 8, 2018
To get a better look at the center’s shooting percentage, here’s a heat-map from NBAsavant.com :
Brook’s career in the league was relatively steady until about two years ago when the Nets decided he and the 27th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft (which was used to select Kyle Kuzma) would be swapped with the Lakers for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov. Lopez had played nine seasons with the team before he was sent off to LA.
The pick-up seems to be a solid one for the Bucks as they get a mid-level 3-point-shooting big man that can space the floor for them. This acquisition also allows them to fill in the role of defensive presence in the paint, something they struggled to do last year after trading away big-man Greg Monroe.
Now that my story is up, I think the Bucks got great value in signing Brook Lopez. He’s a center who can stretch the floor and brings the physical size they lacked all for a great price. Could mean Tyler Zeller’s days in MKE are numbered since his contract is non-guaranteed.
— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) July 8, 2018
This deal allows for the Bucks to test Lopez with a bigger role and see if he and franchise cornerstone Giannis Antetokounmpo can work well together. If all goes like the two sides hope it will next season, Brook Lopez may find himself signing a long extension with the organization.