Bucks Re-Sign George Hill

JULY 9: Hill has officially re-signed with the Bucks, the team announced today in a press release.

“George is a consummate pro and an important part of our team,” GM Jon Horst said in a statement. “His veteran leadership and steady guard play were instrumental to our success last season, both during the regular season and the playoffs. We are thrilled to have him back with the Bucks.”

JULY 2: The Bucks officially waived Hill on Monday, according to the NBA’s transactions log. He’ll clear waivers this week, and then Milwaukee will be able to officially re-sign him once the moratorium ends on Saturday.

JUNE 30: The Bucks are set to re-sign veteran guard George Hill on a three-year, $29MM deal, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets. The deal has a partial guarantee in year three, tweets Matt Velazquez of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Milwaukee plans to waive Hill, who was originally set to make $18MM next season, and formally sign him to his new contract once the moratorium period ends on July 6.

Hill was a key cog for the Bucks during the postseason, scoring 11.5 points per game on 53% shooting from the floor and 42% shooting from 3-point range. Milwaukee values his experience, leadership and mentality on the hardwood and in the locker room.

The Bucks lost guard Malcolm Brogdon to Indiana on Sunday, but the team also worked to secure multi-year commitments from Hill, Khris Middleton, and two Lopezes — Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez.

Milwaukee will need to make at least one more roster move to fit Hill’s new contract in under the cap, notes ESPN’s Bobby Marks (via Twitter). While the deal is worth the same amount as the mid-level exception, the Bucks won’t have that exception available because they’ll need to use cap room to re-sign Brook Lopez.

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19 thoughts on “Bucks Re-Sign George Hill

  1. fantasysportsadvice

    They should be trying to sign a bigger name for a PG first or resign the Bledsoe

  2. D$!LLKU$H-og

    Wow got the full MLE. Didn’t see that coming. They really needed to sign a solid SG to replace Brogdon. It’s possible they get a decent vet for the min but unlikely.

  3. x%sure

    Bucks overpaid all over & lost Brogdon but things could have been worse. Hill coasts; he just looks good doing it & mostly pulls his weight.

  4. Can’t they just use the trade exception they got for trading Brogdon to fit Hill in? Assuming Brogdon got over $20m in his first year, that’s good for at least $10m. That can fit Hill.

    • Luke Adams

      Trade exceptions can’t be used on free agents unless they’re sign-and-trades (and, of course, the Bucks couldn’t sign-and-trade Hill to themselves after waiving him).

  5. Theone23

    Brogdon loss still huge for the Bucks. They basically have the exact same roster minus Brogdon, and Mirotic. Raps exposed Milwaukee’s flaws last playoffs. If Kawhi resigns, Milwaukee still not good enough to beat Toronto.

  6. Danthemilwfan

    We resigned hill which is huge, signed robin Lopez and signed older Brogdon(Wes Mathews) all for less money then Brogdon who didn’t get along with Bledsoe, didn’t like Milwaukee and has never stayed healthy from high school, yo Virginia, to the nba. Brogdon was a good fit for us but he’s an average player not worth that much. We are better then last year, slightly and everyone got worse. I’d say phili and Boston are our biggest competition

    • JT19

      I wouldn’t say everyone got worse. Philly is better imo as Horford won’t be a ball stopper and gives Philly arguably one of the best defensive starting 5 in the league. In a matchup against Philly, Giannis would still likely be stuck up against Horford who gives everyone fits on the offensive end.

      The Nets are def better, even without Durant this year, and at the very worst have a proven go-to-guy late in games in Kyrie (something that they clearly lacked in their 1st round matchup against Philly). Granted Milwaukee did a great job at forcing Kyrie into bad shots in their playoff series, a different system and different teammates could change that.

      Indy will naturally be better if Oladipo stays healthy. They were a top 4 seed in the East until Oladipo went down and added 3 decent scorers in Warren, Brogdan, and Lamb. Losing Bogdanovic hurts, but they should be a slightly deeper and better offensive team than what they were last year.

      And if Kawhi, and Danny Green, return to Toronto then the Raptors instantly become the favorites out East as they would have retained all of their key rotation players from last season.

      • brewcrew08

        Are the Nets really that much better this year? I mean they went firm D’Lo to Irving. I still think D’Lo improves only being 22. I think we’ve seen the best Irving can give.

    • x%sure

      Wesley Mathews won’t replace Brogdon any better than he replaced Olidipo. He won’t get MIL any farther than he got IND or DAL. The sooner Connoton takes over the better.

      Why does Brogdon dislike Milwaukee? He agreed to Indy. Maybe he likes being PG the most.

      • brewcrew08

        Can’t really compare Matthews in MIL to his time in IND or DAL. In IND/DAL he didn’t have much of any talent around him especially compared to MIL roster. They don’t need him to replace Brogdon 100%. Matthews mixed with more playing time for Pat at SG will give you really solid numbers over 48 minutes

        • x%sure

          That will work until the second round or so. Hopefully PatC will be ‘cotton’ by then. (Cotton is the best)

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