Milwaukee Bucks: 5 Personnel Decisions the Team Must Make This Offseason
The Milwaukee Bucks fell flat on their face in 2010-2011. The season was a bust as they finished well below .500 and failed to make the playoffs.
The Bucks have a lot of work to do once the offseason activities can begin. Plenty of roster changes are likely in the works. Let's take a look at five moves the Bucks should strongly consider making.
Note: The moves are in no particular order.
Re-Sign Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
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Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has been a solid role player for the Bucks for the past few seasons. His defensive versatility should not be overlooked and he is a big reason the Bucks play so well on the defensive end of the floor. His offensive game will continue to develop, but he will never be a big scorer.
Mbah a Moute is a restricted free agent but will probably not garner a whole lot of attention on the market. Re-signing Mbah a Moute would likely come at a decent price and is a move the Bucks would be wise to make.
Acquire a Veteran Backup Point Guard
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The Bucks let Luke Ridnour leave last summer during free agency. It came back to haunt them, as they really missed Ridnour's scoring and energy off the bench. PG Earl Boykins was supposed to fill the void but did not do the job.
Starting PG Brandon Jennings will continue to develop. But the Bucks need depth behind him. Earl Watson will be a UFA this summer and could be an option for Milwaukee.
Retain Carlos Delfino
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With the NBA lockout threatening to shorten the NBA season, many players are considering taking their talents overseas. One such player is Bucks SF Carlos Delfino. The Argentinian small forward would have no trouble finding work overseas, as he has already experienced playing professionally in Italy and Russia.
The bad thing for the Bucks is that unlike most NBA players who would wait until the last minute to bolt for Europe, Delfino might not need that nudge. He may leave earlier than others, not risking the loss of pay and playing time.
Delfino is an important piece in the Bucks' rotation. They would do well to retain his services.
Sign J.R. Smith
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The Bucks desperately need scoring. Bringing in SF Stephen Jackson helps, but they need another reliable option. J.R. Smith is a UFA and the Bucks have the money to pay him. He may come at a hefty price but he can score in bunches.
Like Jackson, Smith is not a great defender, so they may be wary of having two defensive liabilities on the floor simultaneously. However, they could opt to bring Smith off the bench, a role he has excelled in while playing in Denver.
Acquire 3-Point Shooters
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To go along with the Bucks scoring woes last season was their deficiency of three-point shooters. Brandon Jennings and Stephen Jackson are both average at best from beyond the arc. The Bucks need one or two bonafide three-point shooters who can come in and knock down shots.
This need can be addressed through free agency. Options include UFA Shawne Williams, who could be signed at a low price, or UFA Jason Richardson, if the Bucks are willing to pay the money.
Acquiring at least one good three-point shooter is a necessity for Milwaukee.