Calling The Clock: Time is running out for the Milwaukee Bucks

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As the league’s oldest team, the Milwaukee Bucks need to look to win now. Their core is rather old, and they have few avenues to add young players.

There are always talks about a team’s timeline to win, whether it be the Miami Heat needing to capitalize on Jimmy Butler’s window or the always-discussed LeBron James window (that now feels everlasting) for the Los Angeles Lakers.

For the Milwaukee Bucks, however, it is an interesting case. They have had their window open ever since winning the 2021 NBA Finals, yet they now have bowed out in the first or second round in each of the last two postseasons.

This is quite concerning, as their window is coming to a close. This feels crazy to say with Giannis Antetokounmpo on the roster, but the Bucks’ window doesn’t revolve around their star as it does for the Heat and Lakers. For them, their window is closing because of everything present around Antetokounmpo.

The emerging problems for the Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks appear to be a team that will be entering the second apron upon signing more players, which will limit their roster flexibility. In addition to that, their main core around Antetokounmpo is getting really old, and they have a whole lot of money tied up there.

Last season, the Bucks’ roster’s average age was 30.5, the highest mark in the league. As of July 2, their average age of 30.2 remains the league’s highest. Let’s take a look at this Bucks core – disregarding the 2-time NBA MVP Antetokounmpo – and assess their ability.