Filling Some Holes

By Troy A. Sparks, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: June 23, 2010

MILWAUKEE (BASN) — Before this year’s NBA Draft, Milwaukee general manager John Hammond made a deal.

He sent guard Charlie Bell and center/forward Dan Gadzuric to the Golden State Warriors for veteran shooting guard Corey Maggette.

Both Bell and Gadzuric were starters at one time, and they were very active in the community, participating on behalf of the team and good teammates to have.

Unfortunately, they wore out their welcome in Milwaukee.

It’s no secret that the Bucks are playing it safe in case guard John Salmons rejects the team’s one-year deal and sign with another team. Acquiring Maggette also adds another scoring threat in the lineup.

The Bucks aren’t sure what they’re going to get from guard Michael Redd, who’s in the last year of his contract. I seriously doubt that Redd will give some of the $18 million that the Bucks owe him back to the franchise.

Maggette averaged 19.8 points per game for Golden State last season. Hammond said Maggette is a proven scorer, shooting 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

They need that scoring consistency on the court if we’re looking to get past the first round of the playoffs. Maggette is in his 11th year in the league, so this is probably his last go-round at 30-years-old.

The Warriors gave the Bucks another second round draft pick to go along with two seconds from other teams and a first round selection. It will be interesting to see who the Bucks will pick at No. 15 in the first round.

That lottery pick came from Chicago, which was a conditional pick, because they made the playoffs. They brought back guard Jordan Crawford a second time for workouts, and they like Xavier Henry. Both are projected to play at the shooting guard position.

Milwaukee might pull some more strings from the 37th (from Philadelphia) 44th (from Golden State through Portland) and 47th (from Chicago) picks.

Hammond wants guard Luke Ridnour and Salmons back. Forward Jerry Stackhouse also wants to come back, but the acquisition of Maggette makes him expendable.

I think their immediate needs are at the power forward, backup center and shooting guard positions. If Hammond rolls the dice and hit the jackpot, there will be many reasons to fear the deer.

Or, he could crap out, like he did two years ago when he picked Joe Alexander with the eighth pick.