Bucks Twitter: Second round prospects in today. The Bucks' official Twitter page is updating throughout the day as the Bucks work out some potential second rounders. Gonzaga big man Josh Hetvelt is the only member of the group currently projected to go in the second round by DX, though he apparently underwhelmed at the recent mult-team workouts that the Bucks also attended. According to Chad Ford:
Speaking of Gonzaga, several GMs were ranting about big man Heytvelt. "He looked completely disinterested," one GM said. "He was awful. He had his teammates urging him to compete harder. It was weird."
That's promising, isn't it? The other five guys in today are UCLA guard Josh Shipp, Alabama SF Alonzo Gee, Miami (OH) SG Michael Bramos, NC State PF Brandon Costner, and West Virginia guard Alex Ruoff. Head over to Bucks.com's Draft Central for more.
ESPN: Blair's knees causing concern. It's kind of interesting that this wasn't brought up earlier--having both ACLs repaired in high school is obviously not a minor detail, especially for a guy carrying a lot of weight. Who knows what the team physicals actually showed, but the Bucks will get a chance to look at him in person next Wednesday, June 10th. Blair apparently hasn't had any issues the past two years, but this would seem to diminish the chances of him going 10th to the Bucks. Ford writes:
Whether the concern ends up being a small or large factor in Blair's draft stock, it's a shame when you consider the momentum he has had since the season ended. With so few bigs in the draft, he was looking at being a potential late lottery pick. That now seems less likely. Although being red-flagged isn't necessarily a death knell to your draft stock (remember all the concerns about Greg Oden two years ago), it could deter a team in the lottery from taking the risk.
Ford also mentions DeMar DeRozan possibly having a guarantee from Toronto at #9, which would at least spare me the frustration of the Bucks passing over the USC swingman. He's got a ways to go, but he looks like one of the few players in the draft with superstar potential.
JS: Charlie V talks Cleveland. CV was on ESPN earlier this week and remains realistic about the Bucks' situation.
"I understand the situation Milwaukee is in financially," Villanueva told Coleman. "They don't want to go over the cap or what not (actually the luxury tax level). Whatever team decides to make the best offer, I'm going to think about it.
"Cleveland definitely is not a bad spot. I've played with LeBron. I played with LeBron in the McDonald's All-American Game, and we played well together. Is there a possibility? Yes. Will it happen? Time will tell."
Nothing too juicy there--who wouldn't want to play with LeBron? I'd guess that re-signing Varejao will be a priority for Danny Ferry, but that could be tricky considering the ill will be between Ferry and Varejao/agent Dan Fegan.
Friday Notes: Blair's knees, more workouts, Charlie TV
By Frank Madden
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