Off-Season Mock: Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks need to shake up their squad. The team has some talent but it just doesn't seem like an actual basketball team. Now deposed GM Larry Harris put together a rag tag bunch of questionably talented players but all isn't lost for the club.
1. Sort Out The Roster
The first thing you have to do is figure out what to do with Michael Redd. Personally, I just don't think he's worth the money he's being paid so he needs to go. Then you look at the young guys (Bogut, Yi, Charlie V) and figure out who you want to keep and who you want to move. Right now, I'd be willing to deal any and all of them. In fact, like the Knicks, I don't think there's a single guy that I would consider a cornerstone who I'd build around.
2. The Draft
The trade I mentioned in the Knicks piece is intriguing but I just can't recommend that any team take on Zach Randolph. However, if Golden State does make the rumored Brandan Wright and #14 for Yi Jianlian, I think you have to take it. I'm actually a fan of Wright and think he could pan out in a couple of years so it's a no brainer to me. As for the draft pick, I think the decision is between Russell Westbrook and DJ Augustin and right now I'd bet on Westbrook.
In the second round, the Bucks should go after a defensive-minded big man, which should be available at #37.
3. Trade Market
During the season, I made some trade suggestions for the Bucks but I'm not sure if any of them besides making a move for Ron Artest would be available anymore. If they could move Charlie V, Dez Mason and fodder for Artest, they should definitely think about that move.
Still, I would look into dealing Redd. The Cavs lowball offer of Wally, Damon Jones, and #19 isn't going to be enough. Would Michael Redd and #8 for Josh Howard and Jason Terry work for Dallas? They'd likely counter with Howard and Erick Dampier for Redd but I just don't think it would be wise to take on Damp's horrible deal. Corey Maggette, Cuttino Mobley, and the #7 might be the best possible deal. Even if they lose Maggette next year, they'd clear Redd's contract and have Mobley as an expiring deal along with another top young prospect.
If they can find a taker for Mo Williams, they should jump at it. Mo isnt' bad but 5 years of around 8.5 million per is too much. Bobby Simmons's deal is getting shorter by the year but is still a tough pill to swallow. I'm not sure how Dan Gadzuric got his 4 years, 26 million dollar deal but I'm very sure that nobody is going to be all that interested in trading for it.
One underrated guy that I'd hold on to is Ramon Sessions. The last two games were likely an aberration but he's a hard working, pass first point guard, and a willing defender. At the very least, he's going to be a nice guy to have off the pine.
And, of course, there's always Bogut. Do you trade him? What can you get in return for him? The Bucks should try to re-sign Andrew Bogut to a sensible contract. If Bogut demands are too much, then he might have to move the mediocre big man.
4. Free Agency
I can't imagine anyone is all that interested in signing with the Bucks right now.
John Hammond's first year as Bucks GM might not be a flashy one as he isn't really in the best position in terms of trade assets. Dealing with Bogut and Redd will be his first two jobs but it's probably going to be another year of mediocrity for the Bucks.
Possible Final Roster
Starters: Mo Williams, Corey Maggette, Ron Artest, Brandan Wright, Andrew Bogut
Bench: Ramon Sessions, Russell Westbrook (#8), Bobby Simmons, Danilo Galinari (#7), DeAndre Jordan (#14), Charlie Bell, DJ White, Dan Gadzuric