The Milwaukee Bucks feel like they are an impactful big man away from challenging in the Eastern Conference. On that note, the Bucks are prepared to reportedly waive Caron Butler and Shawne Williams, whom they acquired in a trade.
That will provide about $22 million in cap space, that Bucs brass will reportedly use to target Tyson Chandler or Brook Lopez this summer.
League sources say the Bucks want a proven center in free agency if they can score one, and have pinpointed two kinds of former All-Stars — Dallas’ Tyson Chandler and Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez — as targets for the top of their wish list.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd knows both of them well, having played alongside Chandler in both Dallas and New York and having coached Lopez with the Nets. And word is that Milwaukee intends to chase both hard come July 1 in hopes of emerging as a serious contender for at least one of them.
Milwaukee has been without a rim protector since Larry Sanders chose to walk away from the NBA. The Bucks underwent a massive turnaround by becoming a playoff team, and will be even better with the return of Jabari Parker.