We’ve all been had. The Milwaukee Bucks were actively talking trade all along! While it isn’t the roster shakeup we’ve seen the team make in each of the past two seasons, the Bucks have unloaded some fringe rotation players to land a guy who could be at least part of a solution at that pesky center position.
The Bucks have traded the number 12 pick in Thursday’s draft along with Jon Leuer (NO! – Everyone in Milwaukee for 10 seconds), Shaun Livingston and Jon Brockman for Samuel Dalembert and the number 14 pick according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!:
Suddenly, that extra full Bucks roster, with 12 players under contract not counting their pending free agents, gets a bit slimmer as the Bucks get a bit bigger. The acquisition of Dalembert seems to give the Bucks a bit more flexibility with regards to what position will be the focus of their draft interest. Especially with Ken Berger reporting the Bucks intend to keep Dalembert rather than shop him around further. Wings Terrence Ross and Jeremy Lamb could still be on the board at 14.
Of course, minus two more power forwards, the Bucks could still be looking to make a move up for John Henson, the power forward out of North Carolina they supposedly covet. While it’s probably too great a leap to rule out Meyers Leonard or Tyler Zeller, it looks as if, for the time being, the Bucks could be shifting their attention away from the center position.
Milwaukee now has the 14th and 42nd picks in Thursday’s draft. And a center.
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com