4. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks had the best regular season record in the NBA before being bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Miami Heat. Giannis Anteotokounmpo’s injury played a factor, but the shocking upset has Milwaukee eager to make changes. They have a new head coach in Adrian Griffin and roster shakeups are likely coming too.
Khris Middleton has a player option for next season that he is likely to decline and Brook Lopez is an unrestricted free agent. Will the Bucks bring back both key pieces next season? If so, they will likely be over the second tax apron. The time is now for Milwaukee to go all in. Their roster is only getting older and more expensive. Can they get another title before having to tear things down?
If the Bucks can create enough room, CP3 has to give them serious consideration. Their offense has been known to stagnate in the playoffs, but that would not happen with Paul running the show. He is a master in the mid-range and still one of the league’s best creators.
Things likely do not work out here because the Milwaukee Bucks just do not have enough money to offer Chris Paul even the taxpayer mid-level exception, but the franchise should certainly explore the future Hall of Famer’s interest in joining forces.