Much to my chagrin, the Bucks conformed to the overbearing trend of BPA in the NBA draft. I wanted them to pick Zeller and be done with the backup center issue and head into free agency with full flexibility. BPA is fine if there is a significant drop off in talent, so I now have to hope that the Bucks believed that there was. There are quite a few unrestricted centers available, most preferrable Ryan Hollins, Kwame Brown, Joel Pryzbilla, Eddie Curry (he's only 28) and Mikki Moore.
But most first impressions with the pick of Henson was that Ersan is gone. I'm not so sure about that after digesting all the excitement over the last two days. As many players that the Bucks have at power forward, I still think the talent level is too thin overall. If the Bucks would amnesty or better yet be able to trade Gooden and then sign Ersan, they would be paying Ersan maybe 8 mil instead of Gooden 6 mil. That sounds a lot better to me, considering that the Turk came into his own last year. John Salmons emergence in his contract year was different; Ersan is a young player who is now feeling his oats, as opposed to being a streaky veteran.
Now, who do we trade Gooden to? Well, for one there is always Golden State who seems to take anyone we throw at them, but my primary target would be Miami. I can almost hear the roaring laughter now, but consider: 1. They are going to lose Juwan Howard and Rony Turiaf and Drew would do more for them then those two combined. 2. It gives them depth at 4 so Bosh can stay at center and Battier can back up Lebron as he should. 3. Drew had his best years in Cleveland playing alongside Lebron. 4. With Ray Allen probably going to Miami, we should be able to pry James Jones from them to give us a 3 point shooting guard. With Luc moving to 3 or even being used as trade bait, the frontcourt rotation would be:
Dalembert / FA/ Sanders
Ersan / Udoh / Henson
That makes me more excited about next year.