Following today's earlier trade that brought Golden State's Corey Maggette to the Bucks in exchange for Dan Gadzuric and Charlie, John Salmons stated that he will officially opt out of his player option worth $5.81 million next year.
Now is there a chance that the Bucks and Salmons are still able to agree on a multi-year year in the free agent market this year? Sure, although it doesn't appear to be likely.
After arriving in Milwaukee via a trade with the Chicago Bulls, Salmons was nothing short of spectacular. He lead the Bucks to an impressive 20-8 record in his short time here. Salmons averaged just under 20 ppg and over 4 apg while in Milwaukee.
What does this mean for Milwaukee? Assuming Salmons doesn't resign with the Bucks we will be losing an efficient scorer who was able to spread the floor. Down the stretch Salmons was as clutch as could be. Not only was he an efficient player but he knew his role well and did what was needed to win. Something that Salmons brings to the table that Maggette will not is that he is multi-dimensional in that he is able to shoot the three as well as cut to the basket at will.
If somehow a deal is reached between both parties, the Bucks will have solidified four of their starting five spots. A lineup of Jennings, Salmons, Maggette, Mbah a Moute, Bogut would be nothing to skoff at. That would be a team capable of winning any night.
The Bucks front office will stay in contact with Salmons until June 30 when he will officially fill out the necessary paper work.
Time will only tell if the most recent trade means the end of Salmons in Milwaukee.