Milwaukee Bucks' GM John Hammond is making a habit out of being one of the most active players in the trade market in recent years. He has made several trades both in and out of season since joining the Bucks in April 2008.
On Tuesday, Hammond continued to be active in the trade market. First, he sent Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Bell to the Golden State Warriors for swingman Corey Maggette. Later in the night, a second round draft pick was sent to the New Jersey Nets for another swingman, Chris Douglas-Roberts.
Douglas-Roberts was a second round pick by the Nets in the 2008 draft. He appeared in 111 games in his two seasons in New Jersey and averaged 7.9 points in 20.8 minutes per game. He started 38 games for the team last season.
The former Memphis Tiger enjoyed his greatest success in the NBA against his new team. He scored a career-high 31 points against the Bucks last November.
Douglas-Roberts could start the season as the team's starting shooting guard if Michael Redd isn't ready to return from knee surgery. Although an overall good shooter from the field, he must improve his career 25.8 percent three-point shooting.
On their own, each move is a positive for a Bucks team that was looking to get more athletic. Together, they give point guard Brandon Jennings two players that will be capable of running the floor with him on a nightly basis, transforming the Bucks into a very versatile, athletic team.
The moves could also indicate the direction Hammond will take for the draft on Thursday night.
Previously, most people felt that Hammond would select a shooting guard (Xavier Henry or James Anderson) to fill in for the injured Redd and the departing John Salmons. Now it appears the team may focus on adding bulk to their front line. Ekpe Udoh, Hassan Whiteside, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton, and Cole Aldrich could all be potential picks that would add a big body needed to play alongside Andrew Bogut.
John Hammond had already turned the Bucks around from a perennial loser to a very dangerous playoff team. He's now making the needed moves to take the team from dangerous playoff team to legitimate Eastern Conference force.
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