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State of the Cap: Milwaukee Bucks

Wed, 06/09/2010 - 10:52am


2010/11 Milwaukee Bucks Payroll: $55.2 million
2010/11 NBA Salary Cap: $56.1 million
Roughly: $0.9 million under cap


Brandon JenningsBrandon JenningsThe Good: The fortunes of the Milwaukee Bucks took a turn for the better this season, thanks in no small part to Brandon Jennings. The team took a chance with the 10th pick in the draft on the only player left with star potential and it paid off quite handsomely. Jennings averaged 15.5 points, 5.7 assists, and shot 37% from the three point line. He also had a flair for the dramatic, occasionally finishing a jaw-dropping play on a fast break or blowing up for a big scoring night (55 points ring a bell?). Jennings’s only problem was his horrid 37% shooting overall from the field, which ironically didn’t come from his long range shots but from his short game. He had trouble finishing around the rim due to his small frame and general inexperience. Once he figures that out, the Bucks could have a multi-time all-star at the point for many years to come.

Unlike many teams, the Bucks are set at both the point guard and center positions for the foreseeable future. Andrew Bogut garnered a lot of attention with his play this season. Not only did he get more aggressive on offense and scored a career high 15.9 points per game, he also became one of the best defensive big men in the league, averaging 2.5 blocks, second only to Dwight Howard. On top of that, Bogut pulled down 10.2 boards per game, giving him a double-double season average for the second straight year. With four years and $50.5 million coming his way, this kind of production is a welcome sign for the Bucks. They just need to hope Bogut can avoid the kind of serious injuries that have plagued him the past two seasons.

One of the biggest reasons for Milwaukee’s success can be attributed to their efficient and low-paid role players. Carlos Delfino and Ersan Ilyasova are two forwards from overseas who have contracts that pay them just $2.5 to $3.5 million each of the next two years. Both averaged over 10 points a game, contributed well on the glass, and could stretch the floor with their three point shooting. An even bigger bargain is the team’s defensive specialist, Luc Mbah a Moute. His stats won’t wow you, but he has the job of trying to shut down the other team’s best scorer every night, and he is pretty good at it. Luc is an important player, yet he’ll be paid just $850,000 next season. Retaining key role players at low prices is critical to fielding a good team under the salary cap.

The Bad: The Michael Redd era in Milwaukee ended as soon as he re-tore the ACL and MCL in his knee in a game against the Lakers on January 10th. It was the same knee that had the same thing happen to it the previous year, which means he won’t be coming back anywhere near the Michael Redd of old. Even before this second knee injury, he was a shell of his former self, averaging just 11.9 points on horrendous 35% shooting from the field. Redd is owed a whopping $18.3 million next season despite the fact that he probably won’t play a minute for the Bucks and may not play at all. It’s the final year of his contract, so Redd is certainly a tradable asset, but his value has been greatly reduced because of his knee troubles. It’s unfortunate to see the sweet shooting lefty’s career come to a close like this.

Another overpriced and expiring contract that will be tradable mid-season belongs to Dan Gadzuric. He was never able to find enough playing time to warrant his bloated paycheck. Gadzuric only appeared in 32 games this season and he didn’t play much when he did. He’ll receive $7.2 million next year for his brief appearances. This team won’t be sorry to see his cap number disappear.

The Future: It was very sad to see Andrew Bogut go down when he did, which crippled the chances of a team who was one of the biggest stories in the second half of last season. Many people thought that, with a healthy Bogut, the Bucks could have gotten out of the first round and possibly played the spoiler in the second round as well. Even with a disappointing end to an exciting season, the Bucks can feel wonderful about the future of their franchise, something they haven’t been able to say for a long time.

They have a point guard and center to build around, a great coach who gets the most out of his players, especially on the defensive end, and by next summer they will have tons of cap space to spend on free agents. Milwaukee isn’t normally a coveted destination for free agents, but with the pieces they have in place and a winning atmosphere, they are bound to be taken seriously. Their most important move this summer will be trying to retain John Salmons, who averaged nearly 20 points a game as a Buck and shot the ball very well. The key here is that they need to keep him for the right price. Salmons would be nice to have next year, but at 30 years old he isn’t the long-term answer at shooting guard.

With huge expiring contracts in Redd and Gadzuric, Milwaukee could pull off a big trade or simply sit on them and be a major player in the market next summer. Either way, this team’s talent pool will be improving soon. If Jennings can continue to develop and Bogut can avoid any more serious injuries, then the Bucks will be a force in the Eastern Conference for a long time.

Grade: B

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Take either bradley, patterson, or george

These three could come in and add to the depth and each could devlop in to the 3rd option behind jennings and bogut or in georges case maybe the second. Fun team to watch, Skiles def is a terrific coach.

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I know they love George &

I know they love George & Patterson...... Bradley, not so much - and it probably didn't help that he refused to work out for them.

They also have the 37th & 47th picks - so it wouldn't surprise me to see them deal to move up - Houston & N.O. are potential trade partners since neither team has a 2nd round pick, and both are over the cap - N.O. is WAY over the cap.

The story failed to mention that Hammond won exec of the year - another reason to feel good about the teams future : )

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Thet will trade Redd & probably Gadz, too....

Not only is the 2011 FA class nothing special - Hammond is also smart enough to know that marquee FAs don't go to markets like Milw - generally speaking. So all the cap room they'll have after this year probably won't help them all that much.

So he'll trade the huge expiring contracts of Redd & Gadzuric for the best offer.

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Patterson

Patterson is a perfect fit. I think the Bucks need to trade up to get him. Seriously. A PERFECT fit.

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Patterson and George are both

Patterson and George are both perfect fits for this team but a need trade will need to happen for either of them to be picked. If no deal can be made though I hope babbit or ed davis fall. Henry would also fill a need depending on the salmons situation.
You would think that at least one of these guys would fall to15.

Patterson would compliment boguts post presence and jennings driving ability so well though by spreading the floor. Hes just a solid player in every aspect of his game.
George or Babbitt would be a long term answer on the wing and are both a nice fit as well.

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Patterson and George are both

Patterson and George are both perfect fits for this team but a need trade will need to happen for either of them to be picked. If no deal can be made though I hope babbit or ed davis fall. Henry would also fill a need depending on the salmons situation.
You would think that at least one of these guys would fall to15.

Patterson would compliment boguts post presence and jennings driving ability so well though by spreading the floor. Hes just a solid player in every aspect of his game.
George or Babbitt would be a long term answer on the wing and are both a nice fit as well.

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yeah i think patterson would

yeah i think patterson would be good on the bucks

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The Bucks definitely do need

The Bucks definitely do need to lok to continue bringing in talent through the draft. For smalll market teams, major players are not going to be in a rush to sign on so there best bet is to get talent with star potential through the draft where they can retain they'll retain bird rights. Also, players drafted by a particular team tend to develop a loyalty to the organization and tend to buy into the system far more.

With that said, I think Paul George really has the ability to develop into a major player for them. His shooting ability, length and athleticism is an upgrade almost immediately on their wing and has a high ceiling. Patrick Patterson however, is definitely a Scott Skiles type of player who can come in immediately and contribute down low with Bogut. He would be a perfect compliment to Bogut given his inside-outside abilities, toughness and rebounding, not to mention athleticism. Another option is also Larry Sanders, he is an incredible athlete and measured out extremely well around 6'11'' with a rediculous wingspan. He would be able to play a bit of 4 and 5 and spell Bogut at times. He is rail thin but has the ability to definitely develop into that Marcus Camby type player.

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