The Milwaukee Bucks need another reliable post player if they are going to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Kyrylo Fesenko doesn't fit into that category, which means the Bucks should continue to seek other options instead of wasting a roster spot on him.
Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times updated the situation:
The Bucks are trying to set up a meeting with unrestricted free agent center Kyrylo Fesenko next week, possibly in Denver, where he has been living.
Fesenko, who played the last four seasons as backup for the Utah Jazz, tore the meniscus in his left knee while playing for the Ukraine in the Eurobasket Tournament in September.
"He's fine now; he's ready to go," said Stu Lash, Fesenko's agent.
He may be ready to go, but he isn't ready to make significant contributions. Fesenko has never averaged more than three points per game during his four-year career, so it's surprising he's generating any interest after a major injury.
While it's understandable the Bucks are getting a little antsy since the trade market has yet to heat up, they have to exercise some patience instead of jumping at the first player with any talent whatsoever.
Fesenko wouldn't represent an upgrade over what Milwaukee already has on their roster. Drew Gooden has played well above expectations when given the chance to start and Ersan Ilyasova has at least showcased some offense talent, which Fesenko is yet to do in the NBA.
Should the Bucks pursue Fesenko?
Since the Andrew Bogut injury situation is still up in the air, it's important that the Bucks bring in somebody with a proven track record in the league. They can't take a chance on Fesenko and hope he suddenly excels.
There should be better names on the trade market once the deadline gets a little closer. A lot of teams still think they have a chance at the postseason, which means the sellers haven't fully emerged just yet. That will change soon.
Even after the deadline passes, there are usually a couple players who get cut for salary cap reasons. A few of them are likely to be better options than Fesenko.
So, for Milwaukee it all comes down to waiting out the market. Things are destined to change for the better, giving the Bucks an opportunity to bring in somebody who could really help their frontcourt. For example, one player whose name is starting to being floated around is Chris Kaman.
A player like that, who would provide an instant boost on both ends of the floor, is really what the Bucks need. Fesenko is really nothing more than bench fodder at this point in his career.