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Report: Bucks to waive George Hill

Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors - Game Three

TORONTO, ONTARIO - MAY 19: George Hill #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks handles the ball against Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors during the second half in game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 19, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. 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 Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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The Bucks are positioning themselves to keep Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and Malcolm Brogdon.

An important step: Waiving George Hill, who has just $1 million of his $18 million salary next season guaranteed.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

This was always going to happen. Whatever team had Hill when this season ended – Milwaukee trade for him from the Cavaliers in December – was going to waive him. There’s just no way he’s worth $18 million.

But Hill played excellently in the playoffs, and that will get the 33-year-old plenty of interest in free agency. The Bucks could even try to re-sign him with their room exception, which projects to be worth about $5 million.

First, the priority appears to be using cap space to re-sign Lopez then Bird Rights to keep Middleton and Brogdon. That alone could get expensive. Keeping Hill rather than signing a minimum player would push Milwaukee even deeper toward/into the luxury tax. We’ll see how much ownership is willing to pay.