Team Name: Milwaukee Bucks
Last Year's Record: 31-35
Key Losses: Carlos Delfino (free agency), Jon Leuer (trade), Shaun Livingston (trade), Jon Brockman (trade)
Key Additions: Samuel Dalembert (trade), John Henson (draft), Doron Lamb (draft), Marquis Daniels (free agent), Joel Przybilla (free agent).
The major theme of the Bucks' most recent offseason makeover? Size.
As usual, John Hammond saved his busiest days of the year for the lead-up to the draft, swinging a deal that brought new starting center Sam Dalembert to Milwaukee and sent local favorites Jon Leuer and Shaun Livingston to Houston along with Jon brockman and a swap of the Bucks' 12th overall pick for the Rockets' #14,.
Trading down meant the Bucks missed out on the gaggle of swingmen available in the mid-to-late lottery, but they still ended up snagging the guy that they seemed fixated on from the outset: North Carolina big man John Henson. The Bucks then rounded out a very productive week by snapping up Kentucky sharpshooter Doron Lamb in the mid-second round, adding arguably the draft's best shooter to a roster in need of a deep threat.
The Bucks remained fairly quiet thereafter, with their biggest move coming in the form of re-signing Ersan Ilyasova to a new four year deal worth approximately $32 million. Depending on your frame of mind, Ilyasova's deal represents either a relative bargain (a 25-year-old shooter/rebounder who was your most productive player last year? Score!) or another pricey gamble on a player who has neither star upside nor a long history of high-level production (weren't we all willing to dump him for peanuts a year ago?). Meanwhile, the end of the rotation was filled out with the additions of veterans Joel Przybilla and Marquis Daniels, with former Buck Przybilla beefing up a front line that was often overwhelmed on the boards a year ago and Daniels providing size and defense to a backcourt that possessed neither a year ago.