George Hill’s journey into free agency didn’t last long before the Milwaukee Bucks agreed to bring back the veteran point guard.
Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Hill agreed to a three-year deal worth $29 million to stay in Milwaukee.
The Bucks waived Hill prior to the start of free agency in a cost-saving maneuver. His previous deal was worth $18 million for 2019-20 but included just $1 million in guaranteed money.
That move helped Milwaukee reach agreements with two of its key free agents. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Khris Middleton will re-sign for $178 million over five years.
Wojnarowski also reported the Bucks will give Brook Lopez a four-year, $52 million deal.
Keeping Hill was likely a priority for Milwaukee after Malcolm Brogdon moved to the Indiana Pacers in a sign-and-trade agreement, per Wojnarowski.
Hill, 33, had a solid 2018-19 season split between the Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 6.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 47 games off the bench after Milwaukee acquired him in December.
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Head coach Mike Budenholzer now has options with his backcourt heading into next season. Hill and Eric Bledsoe could both start, or Hill could be used off the bench with Sterling Brown moving into the starting lineup.
“George is a consummate pro and an important part of our team,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said. “His veteran leadership and steady guard play were instrumental to our success last season, both during the regular season and the playoffs. We are thrilled to have him back with the Bucks.”
The Bucks finished 60-22 last season for the NBA’s best record and their first 60-win season since 1980-81. The Bucks lost to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals.