|By John McMullen, NBA Editor |
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Bucks hit a home run with the 10th overall pick in last year's draft, taking dynamic point guard Brandon Jennings.
Jennings teamed with the improving Andrew Bogut and veteran John Salmons to get Milwaukee over the hump and into the playoffs, where they took a favored Atlanta team to seven games before bowing out.
Salmons is expected to become a free agent and veteran Michael Redd can't be counted on so the Bucks needed scoring and made a move two days before the draft by picking up skilled forward Corey Maggette from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for guard Charlie Bell and center Dan Gadzuric. Milwaukee also received the 44th selection in the draft as part of the exchange.
Acquiring Maggette, a veteran of 11 NBA seasons who recently completed his second year in Oakland by averaging 19.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 70 games, probably enables the Bucks to look past a player like Xavier Henry, the Kansas freshman that is tailor-made for the NBA game, and center in on VCU power forward Larry Sanders.
Sanders was scheduled to work out for the Portland Trail Blazers last week but his agent nixed it, and some think he got a guarantee from the Bucks that he will be selected here if available. Sanders is the type of athlete that will fit right into what Milwaukee is trying to accomplish and Scott Skiles seems to be enamored with his length and ability to help on the defensive end.
Players under contract: G Brandon Jennings; F Carlos Delfino; F Ersan Ilyasova; F Luc Mbah a Moute; C Andrew Bogut; F Corey Maggette
Free agents: G Luke Ridnour (unrestricted); G Royal Ivey (unrestricted); G Michael Redd (player option); G John Salmons (player option); G-F: Jerry Stackhouse (unrestricted); C Primoz Brezec (unrestricted); C Kurt Thomas (unrestricted)
Draft picks: 1st round (15th overall), 2nd round (37th overall, 44th overall, 47th overall)