Salmons Signs Five-Year Deal With Bucks

OTR RyanContributor IJuly 2, 2010

MILWAUKEE - APRIL 30: John Salmons #15 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives around Mario West #6 of the Atlanta Hawks in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the Bradley Center on April 30, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Hawks defeated the Bucks 83-69. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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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.