It begins.

Monday was the first day NBA teams could openly court free agents, and the courting has begun with some gusto. And not surprisingly, the Milwaukee Bucks haven’t been widely rumored to be involved with much of the bidding.

But Gery Woelfel has a few tidbits about potential Bucks targets. Woelfel interviewed long shot Bucks target, Dallas Mavericks forward and Racine native Caron Butler. Butler did not outright rule out the Bucks as a landing spot:

Milwaukee definitely reached out and, obviously, that’s always a high consideration because it’s home. I’m a hometown guy. I’m a guy who always likes coming back and doing things in the community.

There are a few logistics that could make Butler’s homecoming difficult. For one, Milwaukee currently has 12 players under contract right now. Add in first round draft pick Tobias Harris, and they are up to 13. Add in Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and you’re up to 14. If Milwaukee wanted to use that last roster spot on a backup center, that’s a full 15 man roster, and that doesn’t even include potential addition Darington Hobson, who had a hip surgery paid for by the Bucks and has been hanging around Milwaukee since being the Bucks second round pick in 2010.

Butler’s contract demands could be an issue as well. The Bucks do have a little bit of money to play with. Michael Redd’s expiring contract outweighs some of the additions Milwaukee made last season, but the length demands Butler has could be too much. After seeing Redd struggle to return from an ACL tear, Milwaukee, and other teams, could be seriously hesitant to commit more than one season to Butler after his ACL tear on January 1 of this year. Jeff Caplan reports that Butler has no interest in a one year deal though.

It’s worth noting that no major outlet has even mentioned the Bucks as a viable candidate for Butler. So this seems to just be Butler playing up interest in his hometown because that can be a fun thing to do.

  • Mbah a Moute has become quite the popular topic amongst writers these days. David Aldridge of published a article lamenting the lack of interest in defensive minded players come free agency. He notes that Mbah a Moute’s inabilities on the perimeter could very well leave him looking longingly at his phone this week. In the piece, John Hammond notes once again, the team wants to retain Mbah a Moute and feels he has more value to them than he does anyone else.
  • In a separate article than the Butler one, Woelfel writes that the Bucks have contacted the agent for Shannon Brown. Brown is an undersized, over athletic two guard that has spent the past few years dunking for the Lakers and profiting from a grass roots LetShannonDunk campaign that landed him in the dunk contest.

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