Daily Archives: June 23, 2009
To get a guy as talented as Johnson for a player they were going to cut anyway is terrific. Best of all, Johnson is incredibly affordable. He has one year left on his deal at 3.67 million. If the Bucks like what they see, they have a young building block. If they don’t, it cost them nothing.
On top of that, I don’t think this impacts the Bucks draft that much. This trade shouts out “WE’RE IN REBUILDING MODE.” Which is fine, because Larry Harris used to shout out “I KNOW WE’RE NOT VERY GOOD BUT I’M GOING TO TELL YOU WE ARE AND KEEP WASTING MONEY.”
And if you’re a team like Milwaukee or Minnesota or Memphis anywhere else where the market is small and the weather isn’t great you can’t really recoup your losses in free agency. The biggest splash any of those teams made on the free agent market was probably Milwaukee’s signing of Bobby Simmons. An overpaid role player was the big signing!