Ready for some actual Bucks news leading up to the season? Here goes. From Charles F. Gardner at JSOnline:
The Bucks are near an agreement with veteran point guard Earl Boykins, a move which would complete Milwaukee’s point guard trio for the 2010-’11 season.
Yes, the one time commercial star and household favorite little man, Earl Boykins is apparently going to be suiting up for the Bucks again in 2010-11. Boykins previously played for Milwaukee in the 2006-07 season, arriving for the second half of the season in a deal which landed Steve Blake in Denver. Twice with Milwaukee Boykins scored 36 points, his career high and thrilled crowds with his scoring proficiency despite his diminutive stature.
The NBA’s second smallest player of all-time declined his player option for the 2007-08 season, apparently thinking a strong performance in Milwaukee had elevated his status enough that his $3 million option could be topped in a new deal.
But that didn’t go so well.
Boykins played for Charlotte the next season for what I’m assuming was either the veteran’s minimum or close at $533,572 and then spent a year overseas before returning last season with the Wizards. Boykins had one of his finest moments of the season against Milwaukee last year, drawing a last second foul on Brandon Jennings early in the season and icing the game with two free throws.
Boykins will likely be Milwaukee’s third point guard and the last option at guard off the bench behind Jennings, Keyon Dooling, John Salmons and Chris Douglas-Roberts.
His arrival leaves the Bucks with 14 players under contract for the 2010-11 season, leaving Tiny Gallon’s future with Milwaukee especially up in the air.
Reports surfaced recently from Gery Woelfel, that Gallon and his agent are exploring all of his options for the coming season, even if that involves a trip to Europe. Unlike the last two seasons in which Milwaukee signed Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Jodie Meeks on the first day they could, the Bucks have been slow to sign their two second round picks this summer. As of today, neither Gallon or the Bucks first second round pick, Darington Hobson, have signed with the team. In addition, Hobson missed summer league with an injury.
If Gallon decides to head to Europe, Milwaukee would retain his rights and he would not count against the cap for the team. Essentially, it would be no different than when Ersan Ilyasova made his trip back to Europe for a couple years to develop. For the Bucks, it would be free development for Tiny Gallon without having to use up a roster spot for him the way they would if he were in the D-League. The negative would be that he could not be called upon during the season as a call-up. But given the glut Milwaukee has at the four, it’s unlikely they’d need him this year anyway.
There hasn’t been much word on the delay involving Hobson.
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com