Bucks, D.J. Augustin Agree To Three-Year Deal

NOVEMBER 22, 12:51pm: The third year of Augustin’s new contract won’t be guaranteed, according to Eric Nehm of The Athletic (Twitter link).


NOVEMBER 21, 11:19am: The Bucks and free agent point guard D.J. Augustin have agreed to a deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who reports (via Twitter) that Augustin will sign a three-year, $21MM contract.

Augustin, 33, averaged 10.5 PPG and 4.6 APG on .399/.348/.890 shooting in 57 games (24.9 MPG) as the Magic’s primary backup point guard in 2019/20. Those shooting rates were off his usual marks — in the two previous seasons, he had made 46.2% of his shots from the field and 42.0% of his three-pointers.

In Milwaukee, Augustin will get the opportunity to play alongside impact players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton, so the Bucks are presumably hoping that – with plenty of open looks – the veteran point guard will improve upon last year’s shooting numbers.

Augustin will also be able to take on some ball-handling and play-making duties in Milwaukee’s rotation, playing a similar role to the one that Bogdan Bogdanovic might have if his reported sign-and-trade deal with the Bucks hadn’t fallen apart earlier in the week.

The Bucks will sign Augustin using a portion of their mid-level exception. Milwaukee is also reportedly using its bi-annual exception to sign Bobby Portis, meaning the team will be hard-capped at $138.93MM for the 2020/21 league year.

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19 thoughts on “Bucks, D.J. Augustin Agree To Three-Year Deal

  1. Dxit90a

    Great pick up was hoping the knicks would get him the be a mentor . Has great heart and leadership

    • Exactly. The Bucks are acting with no sense. I am going to be very surprised if Giannis sticks around to see how the next few years in Milwaukee look. I get that he’s a nice guy and he wants to do well by everyone but the Bucks have dug themselves a grave this offseason.

      Augustin is a decent player on the decline phase of his career and not the best medical record to trust this will age well. So the team with little depth to draw on has thrown a good chunk of change at him that will leave precious little room to build a contender out this year or years to come. I predict the team disappoints enough to trade their star before the deadline. Presuming he stays healthy through all that will be heaped on his shoulders.

  2. raz427

    I like DJ, but not at 33 years of age and 21M. Great P&R player and savvy basketball IQ. Do they have enough space for Forbes? I’m not sure I saw anything on him yet.

  3. Luckylefty2

    Love Augustin as a player, but I thought Milwaukee was trying to lure back giannis? They basically got a older & shorter George hill.

    • bdpecore

      Shorter? Yes but DJ is a much better playmaker than Hill who is more of a game manager and spot up shooter.

      Older? DJ is 33 and Hill is 34. So no he’s not older.

  4. DeathbyDeathwest

    Can he contribute next year? Absolutely.

    Is his contract a fairly easy tradechip in years 2-3? Sure is.

  5. Simmons>Russ

    Jeff Teague would’ve been better.
    Played under coach Mike Bud, was a former all star but DJ is alright.

    They need to get some shooters off the bench now with George’s Hill gone

  6. jump shot

    Lol These comments are as if Augustine is making $21 mil PER YEAR. He’s earned (and deserves) 3/21, even at 33 years old. That’s not over-the-hill. He’s a pro’s pro and a valuable/reliable/productive backup who can start when needed. That’s worth 7 mil over 3.

    • How many guards under 6 feet tall have had productive seasons past the age of 34 in the past 25 years?

      Perhaps he bucks the odds, but more likely he chews up the Bucks cap space and they ship out a pick to dump him before year 3 comes around. Provided they haven’t given up on contending by next season.

      • jump shot

        I would guess not a lot, simply because the amount of guards in the league under 6ft isn’t high to begin with. So, maybe you have to evaluate him as just a guard – period – rather than use height in the equation. That said, there are several GUARDS who’ve contributed at that age.
        He’s definitely worth (and earned) 7 per year for three years. After that, I doubt I’d give him another 21 mil for three years. But, I can see this one.

  7. I'm a starboy not a Dr...

    Good to see him on a contender rather than a suck team…

  8. blacksox

    DJ will thrive w/ the Bucks and vice versa. As far as his contract, the third year is not guaranteed, so I can see DJ hanging it up after two. He’s worth every penny. Will do nothing to make Bucks fans regret this deal. Hope he gets his ring.

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