Bucks GM John Hammond recently sat down with Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld to discuss Summer League, the Bogut departure (that led to an offseason need), and his feelings on the draft. He also—in classic John Hammond style—offered up this little quote, when asked if the Bucks were done with free agency or still looking to make a move.
“I don’t know; we’re all in the same boat. We’re always looking to try and improve our team, so if there’s one more thing to do, or two more things to do, we’ll do that.”
While that sounds like a clichéd GM statement, John Hammond has always had the reputation as Bucks GM of doing two things in any given offseason. He has always gotten rid of the junk from the previous season (read: Salmons, Maggette) and he has always aggressively tried to fill needs for the upcoming season. Maybe I’m just a huge sucker for free agent drama, but I believe that Hammond is up to something.
It’s no secret that the Bucks have some holes to fill, primarily at the backup shooting guard and small forward positions. They could also use some insurance at the backup center position, but that need appears to be getting addressed at the moment.
Below is a list of free agent shooting guards and small forwards that are still available*, via HoopsWorld.
SHOOTING GUARDS: Leandro Barbosa, Brandon Rush, Sonny Weems, Jodie Meeks, Martell Webster, Marquis Daniels, Michael Redd, Willie Green, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Sasha Vujacic, Maurice Evans, Sam Young, Roger Mason, Alan Anderson, Terrel Harris, DeAndre Liggins, Jermaine Taylor, Von Wafer, Xavier Silas, Bill Walker, Josh Akognon, Darington Hobson.
SMALL FORWARDS: Andrei Kirilenko, Carlos Delfino, Josh Howard, Matt Barnes, Alonzo Gee, Michael Pietrus, C.J. Miles, Tracy McGrady, Josh Childress, Terrence Williams, Donte Green, Shawne Williams, Damion James, Bobby Simmons, Jason Kapono, Derrick Brown, Jamario Moon, Joey Graham, Damian Wilkins, Rasual Butler, Al Thornton, Adam Morrison, DaJuan Summers, James Singelton.
Does anybody on these lists jump out at you? Do you think John Hammond is done? Do you think I’m reaching for articles to write in a very slow part of the NBA offseason (wait, what?)?
*includes both UFA and RFA, and people that would make me vomit (see: Redd, Michael).