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The Milwaukee Bucks have pulled off two trades on Thursday, adding a scorer to replace the injured Michael Redd, and adding some extra depth while getting rid of second-year man Joe Alexander.
Here's a breakdown of the trades
Milwaukee pulled off a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers, landing point guard Royal Ivey (a former Buck) and center Primoz Brezec, while shipping rookie guard Jodie Meeks and veteran big man Francisco Elson to Philly.
The second trade acquired John Salmons from Chicago, while unloading expiring contracts of Joe Alexander and Hakim Warrick.
Milwaukee cut their losses with Alexander, who played very sparingly as a rookie and was out with a hamstring injury for much of 2009. Milwaukee had declined to pick up his option back in November, and it was only a matter of time before they part ways with the former eighth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
That's not a big loss at all, but giving up Warrick, who was a good energy guy and a hard worker is, although the trade was arguable worth pulling, as they received Salmons, a versatile player with solid shooting and scoring ability.
The other move landed some depth at point guard and center, solidifying the Bucks' average depth.
However, in terms of the future, Milwaukee could have done better, as Salmons has a decently sized contract (which helped Chicago clean up their cap for next year), and they lost two expiring contracts in Alexander and Warrick.
The Grade: C
Overall, the Bucks march into the playoff race with better depth than what they started with, but the lost some cap breathing room for 2010 in the long run, and didn't land a true difference-maker that will even guarantee them a playoff spot.
Needless to say, these two average moves will have eyebrows raised in all of Wisconsin.
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