Recently, the Milwaukee Bucks signed Robin Lopez to a one-year $3,196,448 deal. Last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lopez served as an end-of-the-bench veteran who rarely saw the floor. He would only participate in 37 of the Cavaliers’ 82 games, averaging 3.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.5 assists per game while shooting 64.0% from the field and 50.0% from three.
While Lopez is a great locker room guy and was a quality starting center during his prime, those days are far behind him as he is set to turn 35 in the 2023-24 season. He likely was signed to the Bucks to sweeten the pot for Robin’s brother Brook Lopez to resign from the team.
He likely will play a very similar role this year with Milwaukee compared to his one-year stint with the Cavaliers. Lopez shows no signs of having a turnaround season and likely will never be a true on-the-court contributor in the NBA again.
With the Bucks suffering from injuries through the 2022-23 season, it was made clear that they were not as deep of a team as many believed. While they were able to fight through an injury-ridden roster and clinch the first seed in the Eastern Conference, they would be bounced in the first round by the eight-seeded Miami Heat.
With Lopez and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s younger brother Thianis taking up two roster spots, it could be argued that those spots would be better suited for players that can make a difference in the postseason. Both Robin and Thianis will likely be two players that rarely see the floor in the regular season and will not get a chance to play meaningful minutes in the postseason.
As the Bucks are championship contenders, there are likely a handful of more talented players that would be willing to join the team on similar contracts and would be able to contribute to the team in the biggest moments of the season.
If these moves are made to keep their players happy and willing to take pay cuts to remain on the team, then it makes sense why Milwaukee continues to bring in siblings, however, if that is not the case, this could end up being something that haunts the team.
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