The Bucks and (even more) Trade Rumors UPDATE 2-17 10:29 AM
I know no one can get enough, so I thought I’d try and keep updating this post to do my best to keep everything together for the next day or so.
- That rumor about Kurt Thomas to the Hawks? Just a rumor according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. I was suspicious of it right away, as Mo Evans didn’t seem an uber-logical fit with the Bucks. And that was before the AJC alerted me that he has a $2.5 million player option next year.
- Yahoo! Sports notes that the Bucks have had some interest in Al Harrington. This was reported at 3 AM CST, and that sounds like the kind of thing a GM would think only at 3 AM.
- Chris Broussard reports that the Nuggets contacted Milwaukee about Hakim Warrick and (here’s a shocker … but not really) Kurt Thomas, but talks didn’t go far after the Nuggets revealed that they have nothing to offer for anyone.
- Chad Ford wrote that the Bucks have interest in Chicago’s Tyrus Thomas and may be interested in a shooting guard as well. John Salmons is on the hook for 5,808,000 next season while Thomas is a restricted free agent with a $6,256,806 qualifying offer. Those two could be successfully traded for any of the packages the Bucks have looked at with regard to Troy Murphy.
- Drew Gooden? Gooden will reportedly be bought out by the Clippers after his arrival from Washington, freeing him up to pursue other options. His number one (or one A) option supposedly is the Bucks. Milwaukee may present an intriguing option for Gooden in the same way it did for Warrick this past off-season: more playing time and more points than others can provide.
- Salmons to the Bucks for Thomas and Francisco Elson? It’s floating around, though Thomas is playing in Wednesday’s game. If that deal went through it would open a roster spot for Drew Gooden.
- Mike Dunleavy (Clippers GM not Pacers SG) told the Los Angeles Daily News it is not the Clippers intention to buyout Gooden. Thus, if the Bucks wanted Gooden they’d have to make a deal with the Clippers, which seems unlikely given the time constraints.
It’s worth noting what teams do NOT have a first round pick in this June’s draft:
Toronto Raptors (unless it’s in the lottery)
Charlotte Bobcats (unless it’s in the lottery)
New York Knicks