In his first return to play at Milwaukee since joining the Indiana Pacers, Malcolm Brogdon was asked when he first considered leaving the Bucks.
"A few weeks before free agency," Brogdon said. "I had a pretty good inkling that things may not work out and things may not go in the direction that I thought they were going to go in, so I started to change my mindset and started to identify different teams and prepare myself."
"I would've loved to play for this team, if they had wanted me," he continued. "If they had valued me the way the Pacers value me. That's all I gotta say."
The Bucks played a video tribute for Brogdon.
Brogdon has more ballhanding responsibilities with the Pacers.
"That's exactly what it is. It's about a new opportunity, a new challenge," Brogdon said of his desire for a bigger role. "Sort of being a leader of a team now is a totally different role, it's a way bigger role for me, but it's something I've been molded into and something I've prepared myself to do over the past three years.
"This is, I think, something that every respected NBA player wants," he added. "They want a team that they can call theirs, they want a team that they can still win at a high level, but they have the ball more in their hands and they can control more of the game."