Lowry and Paul Do Not Make Sense For Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks and their fans know this is a big offseason for the team. There are many moves that need to be made along with others that could possibly happen. But what we are seeing recently on social media are Bucks fans rushing to say ‘Bucks need player x’ when they become available. They are taking a page out of Green Bay Packers fans do all of the time. We need to get past ‘Bucks need every upper-tier free agent’, and be more mindful of what sense for the team. Kyle Lowry, a new free agent to market, and Chris Paul, a potential trade piece, would not fit with what Bucks are building.
That last sentence might get you looked at with 10 heads. Bucks need a point guard so why wouldn’t you want the best of the best? There are a few reasons. One, they are going to be expensive. Milwaukee doesn’t have a ton of wiggle room so they’ll have to make room to ensure Lowry fits. It probably means no long-term deal for Jabari Parker. Paul isn’t going to be cheap either. For one thing, he’s under contract for a year so Milwaukee would have to make sure he’s signing a deal then give the 32-year-old a potential five-year max which is what he sought earlier this season during negotiations. It also would mean dealing Khris Middleton among other things to get him plus probably not having the cash for Parker. Clippers would demand a haul.
The other issue at work here with both players is they are ball-dominant point guards. Lowry sports a usage rate of 24.9 while Paul sits at 24.3. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s usage rate is 28.3. How will Giannis have the ball enough to operate and make work. Sure, you could point to Russell Westbrook and say Giannis can fill a ‘Durant-like’ role yet he’s nowhere near the shooter KD is so it falls short. Paul or Lowry driving to the basket then looking for Antetokounmpo in the corner will not work like it did in Oklahoma City. There’s no way Bucks should be taking the ball out of Giannis’ hands.
I don’t disagree that Bucks need some point guard help, but I would look in another direction. Someone that is a faciltator but will not spend so much time with the ball in their hands. Also, it should be someone on the mid-tier side versus some of the biggest names in basketball. It’s exciting to hear people talking about Bucks like they have a chance with these guys, but let’s keep it just to that and not make the move.