I was going to go into a whole season review and then start listing things the Bucks need to take care of, but this article on JSOnline sparked my desire to get one TODO item written. Sign John Salmons.
The Bucks did an amazing job turning over the roster last year on a limited budget. But with all the wheeling and dealing there were three things that really made the most difference personnel-wise. The drafting of Brandon Jennings, the trade for John Salmons, and the improvement of Ersan. The wheeling and dealing did bring in Hakim Warrick on the cheap, which we were then able to use in a trade for Salmons.
I foresee similar moves this summer, the Bucks will wait out the market and some players will be standing when the music stops with nowhere to sit. At least I hope that happens. The big name free agents Lebron, Bosh, and Wade will get theirs. Then somebody will overpay for Joe Johnson and others. After the big guys get their money the stars and marginal stars will get overpaid which at some point should leave some quality role players available.
Do not let Salmons become one of the marginal stars that gets overpaid. If he reaches the free agent market I do not think the Bucks will have a chance at him. There are too many teams with money to burn and in the NBA these teams treat that money like kids treat an allowance, they feel they must spend it all.
I do not need to regurgitate how vital Salmons was to the Bucks success in the second half of the season. He is an important piece. A go-to player down the stretch. A willing defender. And a good personality to fit into the Bucks team-first mix.
I am on the side of signing Salmons to the 4 years 27 million. That is only 8million a year, this is not the 18/year that Redd gets. I hope it works out.