The Milwaukee Bucks have had a roller coaster offseason so far as they look to convince Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign long-term. After acquiring Jrue Holiday and seeing the Bogdan Bogdanovic sign-and-trade fall through, the Bucks have made another move. Bobby Portis will be joining Milwaukee.
According to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic, Portis has agreed to a two-year contract with the Bucks that has a player option on the second season.
Portis is no tiny move for the Bucks. He had quite a bit of interest in free agency and will add a nice presence for Milwaukee in the front-court.
Last season with the New York Knicks, Portis ended up averaging 10.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He shot 45 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 35.8 percent of his three-point attempts. This move won’t power the Bucks to a championship, but he will be a solid role player.
At 25 years old, Portis is the kind of piece that contenders love to have. He has a hard-nosed power forward who can stretch the floor a bit. With a bigger role on a championship contender, Portis could even see his numbers rise.
No one knows what the Bucks are going to do throughout the remainder of the offseason. They traded both Eric Bledsoe and George Hill, which has left a bit of a hole. Getting Bogdanovic back would have filled that hole, but that appears to be off the table.
In addition to losing both Hill and Bledsoe from their back-court, the Bucks saw starting shooting guard Wesley Matthews sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Bucks have made some moves this offseason, but are those moves enough to convince Antetokounmpo that Milwaukee can win a championship? Only time will give us the answer to that question. They likely still need to make another move or two this offseason.
Expect to see the Bucks remain active. Bobby Portis is a good addition, but not the kind of impact signing that Bogdanovic would have been by far.