NBA East Conf Free Agents – Current Status 1PM, July 1

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Apr 23, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton (22) during game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Chicago Bulls at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Chicago won 113-106. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Restricted: G/F: Khris Middleton

Early Termination Option:   F/G: Jared Dudley

While the Bucks did pick up some talent in the draft and made some trades to free up some cap: Ersan Ilyasova went to Detroit in return for  Caron Butler and Shawne Williams.  Draft night the Bucks traded their second round pick and 2017 pick (protected) for Greivis Vasquez which adds $6.6 million to their salary. With the draft to pick up Rashad Vaughn the Bucks are hedging their bets in case the highly coveted Middleton leaves.  Dudley chose to stay in Milwaukee not opting out.

However Milwaukee is making their pitch to keep their most coveted free agent Middleton reportedly offering a 5 year $70 million dollar offer: (UPDATE: Middleton has agreed to deal)

ESPN sources say Milwaukee and Khris Middleton are closing in on five-year, $70 million deal

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2015

And the Bucks are in the Greg Monroe sweepstakes as our fellow FanSided site (BehindTheBuckPass) reports:

Bucks hold 2am meeting with Greg Monroe, now it's all down to what he really cares about.

— Behind the Buck Pass (@BehindTheBucks) July 1, 2015

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