(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Bucks were another in the long litany of NBA
teams which switched coaches in the offseason.
Out was Jim Boylan and in was former Atlanta Hawks leader Larry Drew. He is a
solid NBA coach who had a winning record at the helm of the Hawks and there is
reason for optimism in Milwaukee.
The Bucks made the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Sure, they
got creamed by the Miami Heat in four games, but progress is progress.
You'd think this would be an ideal situation, brim with positive thinking.
You'd be wrong.
It's no secret point guard Brandon Jennings wanted to bolt for free agency.
Recently, Monta Ellis, the Bucks' leading scorer last year, informed the team
he would test the waters as he's a restricted free agent.
To further compound the woes in the backcourt, reserves J.J. Redick and Mike
Dunleavy also are without contracts.
Any guard who will be available at 15 should be in play here.
Shooting guards like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of Georgia, Russia's Sergey
Karasev and Allen Crabbe of Cal make sense. So, too, do players like Miami's
Shane Larkin or Germany's Dennis Schroeder. They are more traditional point
Under Contract: F: Ersan Ilyasova; F: Drew Gooden; F: Luc Mbah a Moute; F:
Ekpe Udoh; C: Larry Sanders; F: John Henson; G: Ish Smith; G: Monta Ellis
Free Agents: G: Brandon Jennings (restricted); C: Samuel Dalembert; G: J.J.
Redick; F: Mike Dunleavy; C: Joel Przybilla; F: Marquis Daniels; C: Gustavo
Ayon (restricted, team option)
Recent Draft History:
2012: John Henson (14), Doron Lamb (42)
2011: Jimmer Fredette (10), Jon Leuer (40)
2010: Larry Sanders (15), Darington Hobson (37), Jerome Jordan (44), Tiny
2009: Brandon Jennings (10), Jodie Meeks (41)
2008: Joe Alexander (8), Luc Mbah a Moute (37)
Draft picks: 1st round (15th overall), 2nd round (43rd overall)
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