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Milwaukee Bucks: 3 Reasons the Team Is Headed in the Right Direction

Rob SchimkeContributor IIIJune 22, 2016

Milwaukee Bucks: 3 Reasons the Team Is Headed in the Right Direction

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    The Milwaukee Bucks made the biggest splash at the trade deadline by trading for Monta Ellis.  

    The short-term benefits are obvious. For the rest of the season, the Bucks have a top-10 clutch scorer and a defensive prospect in Ekpe Udoh.  

    What they gave up was two players who were giving the team nothing but headaches.  

    But the move made by Bucks GM John Hammond has a plethora of long-term implications for the franchise. It may be tough to see at this particular point, but the Bucks are headed in the right direction.  

The Team Was Not Blown Up

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    Anyone who has been a fan of the Milwaukee Bucks over the last 10 years has thought at least a dozen times that the team should be blown up.  

    That simply is not a good move for the Milwaukee Bucks franchise at this point.

    The Bucks are playing in an extremely outdated facility, in a city that is currently sour of the team and the NBA in general.  

    The Bucks have a few more seasons they can play in the Bradley Center in its current condition. There have already been whispers of the team pushing for a new arena. But in a down economy, there is no way the public support will be there.

    What could help their cause is to dramatically improve local support.

    There is nothing a fanbase loves more than a winner. In a normal situation, you would want a team to be built through young talent, much like the Oklahoma City Thunder have done.  

    Milwaukee has to do whatever they can to put a winner on the court as soon as possible. They need to win ball games and re-energize their fanbase to drum up support for a new facility.  

    If you were to blow the team up, you would see attendance and public support drop to extreme lows at a time when the franchise needs it the most.

    If the Bucks were to tank and try and build through the draft, by the time they had some nice pieces in place, the franchise may be on its way to another city.

    While the situation may not be ideal, the Bucks have put themselves in a decent position to put a winner on the floor for the foreseeable future.   

Playing a New Style of Basketball

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    Defensive basketball can be a great style of basketball to those who understand it.

    However, the casual fan wants to see fireworks. They want to see players flying through the air and uptempo basketball. By moving a plodding center like Andrew Bogut, the Bucks now have a pretty athletic team that can move up and down the court.

    In the last few weeks, the Bucks have put out 100-point games like never before. They are moving the ball and playing a great style of team basketball.  

    It is simply fun to watch. 

    The Bucks need fan support. A fun, uptempo style of basketball will put more butts in seats. Win or lose, the Bucks will be entertaining to watch.  

    Your casual fan does not want to see the Bucks lose a 80-77 game while shooting 35 percent.  

Financial Flexibility

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    Maybe the most overlooked position the Bucks find themselves in is the financial one.  

    For years, the Bucks have had huge money tied up in the wrong players. By trading Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson, the team has even more room to make moves in terms of salary cap space.  

    Hopefully they can use it correctly.

    The team now has money to pursue key free agents this summer. They also have money to re-sign some of their own pieces, such as Ersan Ilyasova and Carlos Delfino.  

    The Bucks also have the cap room to take on a large contract of a star player via trade.

    Financial flexibility is key for the future of the this franchise.  

    General manager John Hammond has made some mistakes, but has been quick to resolve them. He has put the team in a good place financially at a time when the team is becoming more successful.

Conclusion

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    The Bucks are slowly but surely headed in the right direction.

    The team needs to produce a winner that draws fans, and the recent move they made pushes the franchise to that end.

    Milwaukee is now a high-energy team with much upside. The team has rid itself of numerous cancers. There are no long-term bad-money deals. There are no locker room destroyers.  

    The future can now be looked upon with some hope—hope that the team has turned the corner and will continue to progress to the winning franchise the city of Milwaukee desperately needs.

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