Here’s a timeline:
February 20, 2003 – Bucks trade Ray Allen, Kevin Ollie, Ronald Murray and a conditional draft pick for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason.
February 15, 2004 – Bucks trade Tim Thomas and Joel Przybilla for Keith Van Horn.
February 24, 2005 – Bucks trade Keith Van Horn for Calvin Booth, Alan Henderson and cash. (They waive Henderson the next day.)
August 8, 2005 – Bucks sign Bobby Simmons to $47 million, five year deal.
August 13, 2005 – Bucks re-sign Michael Redd to $91 million, six year deal.
October 26, 2005 – Bucks trade Desmond Mason and a first round pick for Jamal Magloire
June 30, 2006 – Bucks trade T.J. Ford for Charlie Villanueva.
July 31, 2006 – Bucks trade Jamal Magloire for Steve Blake, Brian Skinner and Ha Seung Jin.
August 10, 2006 – Bucks trade Joe Smith for Ruben Patterson.
January 11, 2007 – Bucks trade Steve Blake for Early Boykins, Julius Hodge and cash.
July 23, 2007 – Bucks sign Desmond Mason.
July 24, 2007 – Bucks re-sign Mo Williams to $52 million, six year deal.
June 26, 2008 – Bucks trade Bobby Simmons and Yi Jianlian for Richard Jefferson.
August 13, 2008 – Bucks trade Mo Williams for Luke Ridnour, Adrian Griffin and Damon Jones.
June 23, 2009 – Bucks trade Richard Jefferson for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Amir Johnson.
August 18, 2009 – Bucks trade Amir Johnson and Sonny Weems for Carlos Delfino and Roko Ukic.
February 18, 2010 – Bucks trade Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander for John Salmons.
June 22, 2010 – Bucks trade Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Bell for Corey Maggette and a second round pick.
July 8, 2010 – Bucks sign Drew Gooden.
June 23, 2011 – Bucks trade a first round pick, John Salmons and Corey Maggette for Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston, Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih.
March 13, 2012 – Bucks trade Stephen Jackson and Andrew Bogut for Monta Ellis, Kwame Brown and Ekpe Udoh.
Payton, Jefferson, Redd, Gooden, Ridnour, Salmons, Jackson, Maggette, Mo, Simmons, Mason, Magloire, Villanueva.
Whatever. Same guy in different shapes and sizes.
Some of these deals were bad when they were made, some of them were good. Some worked out okay, some were complete failures. All involved players who had little hope of moving the needle. Ultimately, none of these deals made the Bucks matter any more, with the exception of the first Salmons trade, which helped the Bucks catch lightening in a bottle.
The Ellis deal probably won’t be any different, but more on that later.
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.