The Milwaukee Bucks took care of free agency business of Wednesday afternoon.
The team signed Joe Ingles and then signed three of their free agents during the first hour of free agency.
- Signed Bobby Portis to a four-year $49 million contract
- Signed Wesley Matthews to a one-year deal
- Signed Jevon Carter to a two-year deal
Portis 27, declined his $4.6 million player option on Tuesday, before agreeing to a longer contract with the Bucks a day later. Portis enjoyed a career year with the Bucks last season, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, while shooting 47 percent from the field.
This is great news for the Bucks, as Portis behind Giannis Antetokounmpo is the second most popular player on the roster, and has become a cult hero for the Bucks. It didn’t start out that way, as Portis had to prove he could be on the floor in big moments, and provide help to a winning team. To do that, Portis had to improve defensively and it took to not playing much against the Brooklyn Nets in 2021 playoffs for Portis to help the Bucks win.
But, Portis was able to play a big role in the Bucks championship run with timely shooting and defense, and thus cement his legacy as a Milwaukee Bucks legend.
Wesley Matthews signed with the Bucks on December 3, 2021 to help shore up the defense, and provide a little offense. Last season he did both.
Matthews in 49 games last season, averaged 5.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.5 assists. While those aren’t impressive offensive numbers, Matthews had a different impact on the Bucks last season. Matthews to start came off the bench and provided work as a defensive specialist for part of last season, before being inserted into the starting lineup and provide a deadly 1-2 defensive combo with point guard Jrue Holiday who is regarded as one of the best defenders in the league.
Mr. 94-foot is back. Jevon Carter signed with the Bucks in late February to provide shooting and defense.
Carter made an impact in his 20 games played, as he averaged 5.6 points, 2.5 assists and a whopping 55 percent shooting from three but Carter is more known for his defense. Carter is known for picking guys up 94-feet on every possession which he has done since his college days at the University of West Virginia where he played for head coach Bob Huggins who is known for coaching his teams to press throughout the game.
Jevon Carter oddly did not play a lot in the playoffs this year, with head coach Mike Budenholzer opting to go with veteran George Hill in the backup point guard spot. A lot of people in Bucks lore thought that Carter would have made a difference in the series as he can knock down shots and is a better defender than George Hill.
The goal at the start of free agency was for Milwaukee to retain some of their top-end talent and Milwaukee accomplished that. The Bucks aren’t likely to be big time players in free agency anymore as the core is intact and with the Joe Ingles signing, the Bucks should be a force to be reckoned with next season.