A disappointing 2011 season has finally come to an end for the Milwaukee Bucks, as they finished with a record of 35-47, just two games out of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
This offseason the Bucks are fully expected to let go of the injury-prone Michael Redd. He has only played in a total of 60 games since the 2008-2009 season. Knee injuries have plagued the guard the last few years.
Redd was a second-round pick by the Bucks in 2000. He had a rather interesting 11-year career in Milwaukee; however, he still averaged 20.0 points per game. He fully expects to have many more seasons in the NBA, although his numbers have been on the downfall. This will leave the Bucks with a gaping hole in the lineup, as well as some money to play with in the offseason.
These are five players that I believe could potentially be on the radar for the Bucks this offseason.
The pickup of Jason Richardson would provide the Bucks' offense with a constant scoring threat along the perimeter. Richardson possesses a lethal jump shot and is a great passer, as he averages just under three assists per game. This may be exactly what the Bucks need, as he is a 6'6" playmaker that will draw defenders, allowing John Salmons to spot up outside for three.
I think out of all five players listed, this would be the best addition.
Carl Landry might be the most talented player in my five. He can do just about anything on the offensive end, while his defense is improving. Landry was born in Milwaukee and went to Vincent High School, where he was a two-time state champion. Landry is approaching the prime of his pro career, as his production is on the rise.
This could be the acquisition that is the most likely for the Bucks, as they would be bringing him back home. That could prove to be a deciding factor in his decision this summer.
Mickael Pietrus is a very versatile player that can add a spark to a team on both ends of the court. It is expected that Pietrus will exercise a $5.3 million player option for next season, which will keep him in Phoenix, but if he doesn't, then Milwaukee would be a great landing spot for him.
He doesn't put up any monstrous stats, as he averages just under nine points for his career, but he is a very productive player while on the court.
Yes, Grant Hill may be close to reaching the end of his illustrious NBA All-Star career, but he would be a nice veteran addition to a young, inexperienced Milwaukee team.
Hill ended the season on a tear, as he put up double digits in the scoring column in seven of the last eight games. He is still a productive player on the offensive end, as he had a season high of 34 points last year. Overall this is the most experienced player the Bucks could potentially pick up.
Al Thornton is also nearing the prime of his career. He has the ability to knock down the jump shot, which is a necessity to play on the Bucks.
Thornton is known around the league to be very lazy on the defensive end; this is not something that Scott Skiles is a fan of. That is the only setback I see in the Bucks potentially signing Thornton.