Why The Milwaukee Bucks Will Let You Down Once Again

Bleacher ReportContributor IJune 25, 2009

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The Milwaukee Bucks curiously sent Richard Jefferson to the San Antonio Spurs for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto, who was later traded to the Detroit Pistons for Amir Johnson. 

This makes me wonder how much this team wants to win games. Richard Jefferson is the type of young star that wants to win and will do anything it takes to win. It just makes me wonder why the Bucks traded their best player for three average players.

The NBA is a star-run league. You can't be trading stars for average players.

Jefferson averaged 19.6 points a game last year and 4.6 boards with limited talent around him.  

Michael Redd averaged 21.2 points a game last year, with 3.2 boards, which for a guard isn't bad.

I just don't understand why they traded Jefferson who does about the same as Michael Redd with about half the shots. They could have traded the team's "Captain," who has led them nowhere in the nine years he has been with the club.

The best option for the Milwaukee Bucks next year was to trade neither of the two stars. In the modern day NBA you can't win with one star let alone two!

If they were going to trade at all, it should have been to acquire someone like Amar'e Stoudemire. 

To get that deal done you would have to trade away some of your young talent like Villanueva or Bogut, but to get a third star, it would be worth it.

If you don't want to trade for a proven star, you could trade up in tonight's draft to acquire someone like Stephon Curry who would be a fan favorite immediately after David Stern announces his name with the number four pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

I know that trading up to the fourth pick tonight would be a long shot, but the Kings may feel like they don't want a Rubio or a Curry. Maybe they want some guaranteed young talent like Villanueva. 

Another explanation for this trade is that the Bucks are freeing up cap room to sign star player Mike Bibby. Bibby and Michael Redd could become a deadly back-court in the Central Division.

I don't believe any of these options will happen because the Bucks management just doesn't understand what kind of roster it takes to win games in the modern NBA.

Don't be afraid to leave a comment and tell me what you think.

-Reid Mueller