The future is now for the Milwaukee Bucks. Presently in tank mode and scouting high lottery picks, the team may also need to fill in some holes via free agency. Soon to be unrestricted free agent Shawn Marion may not seem a logical fit for the Bucks and Milwaukee may not be his dream free agency destination, but there are benefits if the two come together.
The Bucks are currently developing their frontcourt of the future with Larry Sanders, John Henson and Giannis Antetokounmpo. All three are young and need a mentor, something Marion could provide in addition to leadership, another area a team as young as the Bucks are seriously lacking. Marion could take Henson under his wing and nurture his development as a two-way player as well as keep an eye on Sanders and his emotional outbursts.
There is also reason to believe the Bucks could compete for a playoff spot next year in the NBA Eastern Conference. Remember, this year the team has been decimated by injuries and forced to go with a young lineup that in many ways is just figuring out how to play together. Also, this is the East; it’s not difficult to compete for a playoff spot.
What this really comes down to is what Marion wants written as his next chapter. Several contenders will pursue the forward, and the lure of a second championship may be too much to pass up. However, if he wants a very challenging but potentially very rewarding position of mentoring a young frontcourt, Marion should consider the Bucks.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant