Where will Joe be dunking his cookies a week from now?
1.) The teams are still talking but Milwaukee is in a holding pattern because of a reluctance to part with Alexander, which ultimately may not prove to be a hindrance because this deal appears to be more about Sessions for the Griz.Meanwhile, over at RealGM Dan has mentioned another rumor that the Bucks could be waiting to see if Alexander is named the final contestant in the dunk contestant tomorrow, which would theoretically up his value a smidge. Sounds a bit hokie, but Dan's been right many times before.
2.) The Bucks, while interested in Conley, are showing no sense of urgency to pull the trigger now with the NBA’s trade deadline still several weeks off (Feb. 19). Perhaps the Bucks want to first gauge interest in Richard Jefferson.
McKinney watched Ilyasova play and went out to dinner with him. He came away suitably impressed with the combo forward.Also remember that Dave Babcock--who played a major role in selecting Ilyasova in the '05 draft--told our man Charlie Bury last summer that the Bucks were very much hoping to see Ilyasova back in a Bucks uni.
"He played very well,'' McKinney said. "He's a nice, multi-dimensional player. I don't have any doubts he can play well at the NBA level.''
"It was good to see we have a very viable asset playing in our system.''
Babcock maintains that Ilyasova is still very much in the Bucks plans, and quite possibly would have been back with the team this summer if money weren't an issue. "If our financial situation was better we would have re-signed him," stated Babcock. "Everybody here likes him. Our hope is to get (Ilyasova) back with the Bucks next year."Even though the Bucks have early Bird rights with Ilyasova--meaning that they can match the offer of any NBA team--the more likely challenge is getting Ilyasova back to the NBA in the first place. In Europe he'll be able to make at least a few million per year tax free, which would require the NBA equivalent of an MLE-type deal (at least) that the Bucks can't afford--and which other teams probably wouldn't offer either. Given Ilyasova's wife is from Milwaukee and he has a house here, it's possible the Bucks could get him for a discount if he really wants a return to the NBA. It would also blunt the loss of Alexander should the Memphis deal happen.