Not every trade requires celebration or damnation. Some only require the nod of a head and an acknowledgement that the guys in charge are seeing the obvious things.
Last year, the Milwaukee Bucks badly needed a center. Their first move this summer? Trade some role players for a probable starter at center. Well done.
That’s kind of been the modus operandi for John Hammond over the past two off-seasons. He establishes what the problem was for the Bucks in the previous season and he goes to work on fixing that. Milwaukee struggled to get into the lane and to the free throw line two seasons ago? Bring in Corey Maggette. The Bucks offense was predictable and lacked playmakers and shot makers? Bring in Stephen Jackson and Mike Dunleavy. Unfortunately, those moves, while made with the best of intentions, haven’t always panned out. Maggette created as many problems on defense as he solved on offense. Jackson and Scott Skiles were at odds almost immediately upon starting the season last year.
The analogy I used yesterday on Twitter was: The Bucks are good at patching holes, but new leaks seem to spring up every time they do.
Of course, that might not be the case with Dalembert. Unlike Maggette or Jackson, he isn’t going to be asked to do all that much. Be tall, be physical and be the last line of defense. Those are things he’s generally always done and will probably continue to do pretty quietly.
In short, Dalembert is a slightly better pickup than Joel Przybilla would have been late last season. It’s a bummer this deal couldn’t have gotten done in time for the playoff push last year, as it might have made the difference.
Giving up Jon Leuer was probably heartbreaking for some and I admit I was slightly bummed out to see him included. Realistically though, he probably wasn’t going to provide all that much next season. The Bucks are lousy with power forwards and while Leuer was a quietly effective scorer, it was unlikely that he’d be able to take hold of any real impact minutes on a nightly basis. Shaun Livingston’s lack of a jump shot made him just another guy on a team with two point guards better than him and Jon Brockman’s primary contribution to the team was being jovial.
The Bucks didn’t lose much to not gain much here.
- John Hollinger likes this deal for the Bucks because it takes care of the center position without hurting their bottom line.
- Zach Lowe appreciates that the Bucks will now always be able to keep a “decent big man on the floor.”
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com.