The Milwaukee Bucks and John Salmons have reportedly come to terms on a deal worth $39 million over the course of five years.
After opting out of his player option worth $5.8 million last week, GM John Hammond made it very clear that he would do whatever was necessary to ink a long-term deal with Salmons. Salmons had reportedly turned down a four-year, $27 million deal from the Bucks a few weeks ago.
This is a move that most Bucks fans wanted the front office to make. Salmons came to the Bucks last February in a deadline deal with the Chicago Bulls. In his time here he managed to average 19.9 points. His stellar play helped propel the Bucks to a 22-8 record in that time.
With this move it appears as if all the major moves have been made. As of now a starting lineup of Jennings, Salmons, Maggette, Gooden, and Bogut seems to be the most likely. However it's very likely that Maggette may come off the bench as a sixth man.
So far the Bucks have been very active early on in the free agency period. Just yesterday they inked Drew Gooden to a five-year deal worth $32 million.
It appears as if Hammond isn't done dealing yet. We currently have an overflow of forwards on the current roster. Don't be surprised if one of Ilyasova, Delfino, or Mbah a Moute are moved before the start of the season.
The recent moves suggest that owner Herb Kohl realizes there is a window for this team with Bogut and Jennings under contract. It's do or die time Bucks fans. We're all-in.