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[The Bucks] have had several discussions with Przybilla’s representatives and were expected to meet this week. But that meeting has been pushed back to next week. It is believed Przybilla will meet with Bucks general manager John Hammond and possibly Bucks coach Scott Skiles.
Like last season, the Bucks are coveting a proven backup center. They believe Przybilla would perfectly complement starting center Samuel Dalembert.
"Coveting" might be a bit strong considering the Bucks haven't signed a legitimate veteran big man off the bench since Kurt Thomas left two summers ago (sorry Earl Barron, you don't count). But they've been linked with both Przybilla as well as former Celtics, Heat and Pacers center Jermaine O'Neal this summer, so there's no doubt that they are indeed looking.
But even if it's just window-shopping, the Bucks are already much stronger in the middle than a few months ago, having added starter Samuel Dalembert to a rotation that also features a number of part-time centers like Ekpe Udoh, Larry Sanders and Drew Gooden. I don't think another veteran big is the team's most pressing need--see Steve's piece on the Bucks' need for three-point shooting--especially when you consider that Dalembert has missed just three games in the last six years. He won't play 33-35 mpg like Bogut did when healthy, but at a minimum we're unlikely to see him in street clothes much either.
The more interesting name in Woelfel's article is Jodie Meeks, though Woelfel's wording that the Bucks "explored" the possibility of signing Meeks leaves it unclear as to whether it's still an option or something that's already gone by the wayside. John Hammond previously admitted that the Bucks made a mistake in dealing Meeks midway through his rookie season, so it's not that far-fetched to think that the Bucks might turn their attention to Meeks after striking out on Kirk Hinrich and Randy Foye. The big difference is that Meeks is more of a pure (albeit undersized) two rather than a combo guard, though unlike Foye and Hinrich he's also been an efficient scorer/shooter (yay!) over the past two seasons. Either way, the free agent pickings are getting increasingly slim at this point, so the Bucks' best option for adding another shooter might be by trading someone like, say, Sanders or Gooden. It's also worth noting that they still have a $2.5 million trade exception from the Andrew Bogut/Stephen Jackson trade that could be used to absorb a salary up to that amount.
A part-time starter in Philadelphia, Meeks saw his playing time evaporate during the Sixers' post-season run this past spring as Doug Collins began relying more heavily on former #2 overall pick Evan Turner. Philadelphia then opted against making Meeks a qualifying offer earlier this month, making him an unrestricted free agent. Not exactly a resounding endorsement of Meeks' time in Philadelphia, but in his 2.5 years in Philly he did bury threes consistently while drawing a surprising number of fouls.
Interest has seemingly been pretty sparse for Meeks to date, with the Lakers the most notable suitor of late. As for his potential fit with the Bucks, Meeks would compete with rookie Doron Lamb for minutes behind Monta Ellis, an ironic battle given that both Lamb and Meeks are Kentucky alums who fell to the Bucks in the second round. Whatever happens, I'd be very surprised if the Bucks didn't add a fifth guard by the time camp opens two months from now, but it doesn't have to come via free agency.
You didn't think we were actually done with summer league, did you?
Via RealGM, check out a nice Vegas highlight reel courtesy of jr lucosa featuring Tobias Harris, John Henson, Doron Lamb and Larry Sanders doing their thing in Summer League. For all the Jarrid Famous and Tarence Kinsey fans, fear not--you get a little something, too.
Bucksketball | 2012/13 Expectations
Jeremy and the Bucksketball gang put on their prognosticating helmets and try to make sense of what the Bucks may or may not be in 12/13. Good stuff, and be sure to check out the FanPost that CanadaBucks started where you can offer your own projections.
Also of note: Jeremy sorts through his feelings about the Ilyasova deal, with a guest Twitter appearance by Mr. von Horn.
Under Armour: Brandon Jennings Under the Armour, S2E1
What's Brandon Jennings up to this summer? The crew at Under Armour have it covered, starting with Jennings' promotional trip to China. He'll also once again be hosting his annual basketball camp for kids ages 7-18 at Homestead High School in Mequon August 18-19.