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Malcolm Brogdon: I would’ve loved to stay with Bucks ‘if they had valued me the way the Pacers value me’

Malcolm Brogdon

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 22: Malcolm Brogdon #7 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the basketball in the second half against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on December 22, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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 Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

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Malcolm Brogdon left the Bucks last summer for more money and a bigger role with the Pacers.

It didn’t have to be that way. Milwaukee controlled Brogdon’s future with restricted rights and could have kept him.

Brogdon, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN:

“I would’ve loved to play for this team, if they had wanted me. If they had valued me the way the Pacers value me. That’s all I gotta say.”

This is somewhat self-evident, somewhat unfair.

Of course Indiana valued him more. That’s why he’s there. The Bucks preferred a first-rounder and two-rounders gained in the sign-and-trade plus the flexibility of not having Brogdon’s four-year, $85 million contract.

But that same deal would’ve cost Milwaukee far more. The Bucks would’ve either had to go into the luxury tax or not re-signed Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez, two players who meant more to the team than Brogdon. Milwaukee also already had a point guard in Eric Bledsoe.

The Pacers had a more clear need at point guard with Darren Collison retiring. They also had clearer room to pay Brogdon without entering the tax.

Of course, the Bucks could have traded Bledsoe to make Brogdon their starting point guard and remain out of the tax. Milwaukee showed an ability to regroup at shooting guard. But that’s tough to say without knowing what Bledsoe trades were available.

The Pacers probably valued Brogdon more. It was also simpler for them to show they valued Brogdon more.