Starting fresh on an organizational level won't mean much if the team on the court stays as is. The Bucks have multiyear investments in O.J. Mayo, Ersan Ilyasova and Zaza Pachulia, three veterans who probably don't belong anywhere near a rebuilding team trying to create cap flexibility.
The problem is, can the Bucks really shed so much salary so quickly? It's hard to imagine there's much of a market at all for Mayo, who has two years and $16 million remaining after a lackluster season where he was out of shape and often glued to the bench.
Pachulia will be much easier to move, but with two years and $10.4 million remaining, teams may look for a player with more upside. Pachulia is a solid backup big man, but he's not going to provide anything we haven't already seen him from him. With that in mind, getting back fair value will be almost impossible.
Ilyasova should be the easiest of this bunch to trade, as he has two years and $15.8 million left guaranteed on his deal, with a third year that's essentially nonguaranteed. When Ilyasova is right, he's a highly competent stretch 4 who can also hit the boards pretty well. Unfortunately, it's been a long time since we've seen Ilyasova look right, as injuries and poor starts to the last few seasons have really made his trade value dive.
Even though the Bucks might receive pennies on the dollar in return, these three players clearly aren't critical at this point given their age and their inability to help Milwaukee not be the worst team in the league.
The goal here should be to stockpile assets however possible, whether it be cap space for the big 2015 offseason or draft picks down the line. Those two things hold much more value for Milwaukee than their veteran players do.