Following a two-year deal with Pat Connaughton in 2020, the Bucks had to sign him to a three-year, $5,728,393 player option contract. Although Connaughton received higher salaries in his first two contract seasons, the confusion could have paid off for Milwaukee.
Because Connaughton chooses this salary below market value.
Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN:
Sources told ESPN that Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton is exercising his $5.7 million option to return for the 2022-23 season.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 22, 2022
What a break for the bucks. Connaughton could probably get more as a free agent. The fussy guard has shown he can stay deep in the playoffs with his defense and shooting.
With the wealth tax in mind, Milwaukee may have once planned to use Connaughton’s roster spot for a minimum wage player. But keeping a valuable player like Connaughton is never a bad thing. The Bucks can always trade someone if the $5,728,393 he’s supposed to receive is more than they calculated.
For the second year in a row, Milwaukee has kept a key reserve relatively cheap. Bobby Portis re-subscribed last summer only to the exception for birds. He has a $4,564,980 player option that he will select within a week. Let’s see if he gives the Bucks another discount. One way or another, he is expected to stay.