There I Can Keep By Your Side
Watching the wide world Riot and hiding out.
I'll be coming home next year.
I said after the Bogut injury I would be thrilled if the Bucks got to a Game 6. The simple fact they got there with a chance to win? Gravy. Not that it doesn't hurt? But still. Seven games without Bogut is a moral victory.
That being said? There's things the Bucks can do to solidify their situation. And none of them would involve getting a spectacular free agent, either.
1) Do we need Luke Ridnour?
I'm not sure that we do. It's no offense to Luke. Luke's a tremendous 6th man. In fact? You probably could consider him one of the 30 best point guards on an NBA roster. And that's the problem. The Bucks are the sort of team that should not be paying 7 million a year for Luke.
A sign and trade would be sweet. But I don't think any team that would be interested in dealing a pick in the bottom third of the draft. It may just be worth the time and consideration to bring a guy like Bo McCalebb over from Greece instead. Dude's got a certain sort of quality to him. Fast hands, good anticipation, and no fear of attacking the basket.
And he's just 24. Bringing him over would be like an extra draft choice.
2) Do we need any veteran?
Or does any veteran want to return? I mean Jerry Stackhouse and Kurt Thomas are more than valuable rotational pieces. But if and only if they don't resign any veteran or Darnell Jackson, they'll be under the cap. And they should be in fine shape. Jennings-Salmons-Delfino-1st round draft choice-Bogut with Redd, Ilyasova, and Mbah a Moute are a fine rotation.
But Stackhouse will get more than ta prorated veterans minimum next year. And I agree he deserves it. If Thomas signs for less money? I'd be thrilled to have him and his love of How Stella Got His Groove Back. But a point of fact? These decisions are hard.
And if all three are back? John Hammond is doing it wrong.
3) I would most definitely buy a pick.
Even a pick in the early second round. Sure, they will most likely find something highly interesting in terms of a best player available scenario. But the second round has a lot of value this year. Jordan Crawford. Terrico White. Jarvis Vanardo. Craig Brackins. Sylvan Landesberg. Kenneth Faried. Heck, even Armon Johnson has interesting value as a Ramon Sessionsesque backup point guard. And these guys will all be second round picks. Get Faried, Brackins, and Crawford? This bench will be scary.
I'll delve into basketball further later. First? A piece of Business.