Milwaukee Bucks Decide Amir Johnson Over Charlie Villanueva
The Milwaukee Bucks announced today that they would not attempt to resign the five-year Charlie Villanueva. Charlie Villanueva is a young promising player who averaged 16.2 PPG last season.
The Richard Jefferson trade was suppose to clear up cap room to sign Villanueva back to a long term deal but when the Bucks traded for the Piston's Amir Johnson this changed. They feel he has great talent and could become a solid Power Forward.
Amir Johnson is only 22 years old, but he hasn't played an important role in an NBA franchise yet. He only averaged 3.5 points per game and 3.7 rebounds a game last year.
He was originally drafted out of Westchester High School in Los Angeles, but because of the strong depth he never got a chance to play significant minutes for the Pistons.
Not having a productive spot for Amir the Piston's sent him to play for the D-League where he played very well.
In the end this move for Amir over Villanueva should free even more Cap Room. Although I have yet to see the Bucks make any attempts to use this freed Cap Room, and from past experiences they probably won't do anything significant this year.
They do however have some options in free agency this year. They could sign Hedo Turkoglu to a high paying contract, but they would have to offer three to five million more than a playoff team for him to consider playing in Wisconsin.
Another option might be a Mike Bibby or a Allen Iverson, but once again they would have to play a very large sum of money for one of these players to come in and be a mentor towards Brandon Jennings. Who obviously needs someone to help him grow up before he can run a NBA team. Even though it seems he is calling the shots already.
I'd be very impressed if the Bucks would deal Michael Redd to free even more Cap Room and sign Ben Gordon who will not likely sign with the Bulls for next season.
In the end I believe that the Milwaukee Bucks need to trade Michael Redd this off-season. He seems like the only player that we aren't afraid to deal away, but honestly he is one of the few players that we should be looking to deal away.
The Buck's management needs to show some guts and make a move that actually makes sense. They either need to learn how to run a NBA team or call it quits and once again try to find a good fit at the GM position.
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