It’s time to put to rest the idea that players will refuse to play for the Milwaukee Bucks.
If Milwaukee can put together the best offer and the best opportunity, players will absolutely player in Milwaukee. And when Milwaukee has the number two pick in the draft, and has to offer number two pick in the draft money, players will absolutely be willing to come to Milwaukee.
At least that’s the way things are shaping up right now.
By next Thursday’s NBA Draft, all of the top prospects in this year’s draft class, Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Dante Exum will have worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee, according to a variety of reports.
And the Bucks are the only team that will have each of the top four prospects on its home court prior to the draft, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford.
Bucks are the only team to get all 4 top prospects — Embiid, Parker, Wiggins & Dante Exum — to visit & workout.
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 16, 2014
Exum was the first to make the leap, despite some initial speculation that he would attempt to avoid Milwaukee in an attempt to keep the Bucks from drafting him. He worked out for the Bucks on Saturday, according to the Journal-Sentinel:
Dante Exum, the 6-foot-6 Australian point guard, worked out in Milwaukee on Saturday. League sources indicated the workout went well.
The Bucks also interviewed Exum at the league draft combine and have shown a strong interest in him.
Ford and the Journal-Sentinel both indicated that Wiggins would be visiting Milwaukee this week, but the Bucks did already see him workout in Santa Barbara last Friday.
Parker will visit Milwaukee this week, but he too worked out for Bucks General Manager John Hammond last week in California, though he did so in Santa Monica. He followed that workout by joining Hammond for dinner too.
Embiid is the only top four player the Bucks haven’t had a workout with yet, but they did see him workout in late May. While he didn’t workout last week with the Bucks, like Parker, he did have dinner with Hammond. It sounds like John Hammond had a pretty cool week last week.
And it sounds like he’ll have an important week this week, as Milwaukee gets ever closer to making a very big decision for the franchise.