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Bucks paying Pat Connaughton more after contract issue

Bucks guard Pat Connaughton

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 15: Pat Connaughton #24 of the Milwaukee Bucks celebrates after a dunk with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thanasis Antetokounmpo and in the 2020 NBA All-Star - AT&T Slam Dunk Contest during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at the United Center on February 15, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is ostensibly evaluating whether to sign a super-max extension with the Bucks.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee had its sign-and-trade for Bogdan Bogdanovic fall apart, faces a tampering investigation and now had to re-work its deal for Pat Connaughton after the originally reported terms weren’t salary-cap legal.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Bucks are re-signing Connaughton through Early Bird Rights. But Early Bird contracts must be for at least two seasons, not including options. The original deal was for only one season before a player option.

Milwaukee could have signed Connaughton to the original terms through the mid-level exception. Except D.J. Austin then took up too much of the mid-level exception for that.

So, Connaughton will get an Early Bird contract – one worth nearly twice as much as the original deal.

Here are the old terms and new terms, assuming reported total salaries are precise and max raises:

SeasonOld termsNew terms

Player option

This looks like a costly mistake for a team encumbered by a hard cap… and trying to convince a superstar to entrust it with the next stage of his career.