John Hammond tried. He really did. After not acquiring any immediate impact players in the draft, the Bucks went into the free agent market full speed. They made offers to three players that they needed badly, guys who were actually efficient at scoring the basketball: Kyle Korver, Chase Budinger and O.J. Mayo. Unfortunately, they only landed one of them. Korver stayed in Atlanta because he received a longer term deal and Chase wanted to play for Rick Adelman, so I can't fault Hammond with any of this. But he seemed to throw in the towel after that. Zaza Pachulia is not a bad signing by any means, just a questionable one considering his recent injuries and the fact that Gustavo needs to develop his game. Then he went out and got two retreads, Delfino and Ridnour. I see Ridnour as an asset, but I would have rather gotten a younger, more exciting player like Jimmer in the Luc trade with Sacramento instead of picks. This was a perfect followup to the Bledsoe/Butler trade blunder. Then there were better choices than Delfino. Devin Harris and Wayne Ellington signed with Dallas cheaper as did Anthony Morrow with New Orleans. Then while they were trying to sort out the Jennings/Teague situation, Corey Brewer signed with Minnesota who already has Budinger and Shabazz and Kirilenko signed with Brooklyn for only 3 mil. Sure, he wants a ring, but Brooklyn is not an overwhelming favorite because of age and there may not be enough shots to go around. He could have made twice as much while being a starter for us. Previously, coveted point guard Jarrett Jack signed to be a backup with Cleveland. Do players hate Milwaukee that much or is Hammond too passive?
The last activity now is trading. Unless a big deal is in the works, such as amnestying Gooden and signing and trading Jennings for Granger, this could be a good season to follow the Mad Ants.
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