This off-season has been one to remember for the entire NBA, whether your team is getting better or worse. Several title-contending teams have made moves to bolster their line-ups: Cleveland adding 17 year veteran Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando adding 8-Time All-Star Vince Carter, and the San Antonio Spurs adding versatile swing-man Richard Jefferson.
With those players departing, several teams now have huge voids to fill, including my team the Milwaukee Bucks. Not only have they dealt Richard Jefferson, but they did not even make an attempt to resign versatile power foward Charlie Villanueva. The 6'11'' foward will be greatly missed for his scoring ability, which was at a career best 16.2 points per game last season, but his 6.7 rebounds per game will also be missed.
Looking at the Richard Jefferson deal it made me think that John Hammond is starting to turn this franchise around, but after seeing him let go of Charlie made me think otherwise. Sure, current head coach Scott Skiles is a defensive minded coach, and Charlie has been known for his lackluster defense at times but still where are you going to find a player of Charlie's caliber to replace him?
With a slew of injuries that have plagued Bucks starters Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut over the past few seasons, several questions have yet to be answered by the Bucks' front office. My first question is, when are the Bucks going to unload the huge contract of Michael Redd, even though it only has one year left? It would be nice to see the Bucks get something in return for a player of Redd's caliber.
The next question is what were the Bucks thinking when drafting former high school star turned European bench player Brandon Jennings? Sure, I like the pick of Jennings, but the Bucks already have several viable options at point guard including Luke Ridnour and free agent Ramon Sessions.
It looks to me that Sessions will be continuing his career in another city, and I wish him luck, he has shown a lot of promise in the past two seasons in Milwaukee.
The last question left to be answered is when are the Bucks going to add an additional big man that can compliment Andrew Bogut? The past several seasons the Bucks frontline has been non-existent. Bogut who is a true power foward, likes to step away and face the basket, he can knock down a 15-foot jumpshot regularly, and can pass with the best of the bigs in the NBA. He is missing that front-court partner that can play with his back to the basket.
This next season is looking bleak for the Milwaukee Bucks, but the future is looking to hold lots of promise if GM John Hammond continues to surround Coach Skiles with the proper players he enjoys to coach.