Following a return to the playoffs after the 2009-2010 season, the Milwaukee Bucks looked to be one of the top teams in the East. Opposing teams were starting to "Fear the Deer," as the Bucks' crippling defense allowed them to upset top teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns throughout the regular season.
Bucks fans expected an improvement on the 2009-2010 season in the recent 2010-2011 campaign. However, they were disappointed. The Bucks failed to make the playoffs due to a great deal of injuries, along with frustrating inconsistency from core players like Brandon Jennings, John Salmons and Andrew Bogut.
Milwaukee's struggles last season were largely due to the lack of a consistent go-to scorer. Recognizing this, general manager John Hammond took the first step in improving his team's fortunes for next season by trading away John Salmons, Corey Maggette and the 10th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft (college superstar Jimmer Fredette) in exchange for Stephen Jackson, Beno Udrih, Shaun Livingston and the 19th pick in the draft (combo-forward Tobias Harris).
The Bucks now have a go-to scorer in Jackson, but there are still several areas to address. The Bucks are in need of a true backup center, depth on the wings and a new shooting guard.
And what better place to address these needs than in free agency (whenever it may be)?