Draft Picks Coming: 2014 second round (Toronto, protected 31-36); 2014 second round (LA Lakers); 2015 second round (Phoenix); 2015 second round (LA Clippers, 51-60)
Draft Picks Going: None
Trade Exceptions: None
Over/Under: Under the cap
Amnesty Provision: Used on Drew Gooden (2013)
Stretch Provision: Available
|Nate Wolters|| $500,000
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When the offseason began, Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick – Milwaukee’s entire backcourt rotation – became free agents. Instead of using his considerable cap room to re-sign Ellis and/or Redick, GM John Hammond let all three walk, although he got assets in return.
The Bucks gave Jeff Teague an offer sheet which Atlanta matched. Meanwhile, Jennings could not find anywhere near the $12 million annually he desired on the open market and had no leverage in returning to the Bucks. When Detroit offered Jennings $24 million over three years, Hammond worked a sign-and-trade, getting back Brandon Knight and a couple of small expiring contracts.
One of those belonged to Slava Kravtsov, whom Hammond rerouted to Phoenix with Ishmael Smith for Caron Butler, who should give Milwaukee some stability at small forward.
Hammond also has collected a handful of second-round picks by facilitating sign-and-trades as the third team. He received picks in moving Redick to the Clippers and also acquired Luke Ridnour’s expiring deal.
The Bucks also used their amnesty provision on Drew Gooden before signing defensive-minded big Larry Sanders to a four-year, $44 million extension that begins next season.
Milwaukee seems set at shooting guard with the free agent signings of O.J. Mayo, Carlos Delfino and Gary Neal. The bigs were fortified by the signing of Zaza Pachulia, who unlike most of Milwaukee’s frontcourt is not lean and lengthy but a wide body who can hold his ground in the post.
If Knight doesn’t pan out, the Bucks may be looking for a point guard in the draft. The 2014 free agent market features Mario Chalmers, Kyle Lowry, Ramon Sessions and Steve Blake as available point guards.