John Hammonds is quoted on ESPN insider, from JSOnline, that the Bucks need to keep or obtain veterans to stay in the rotation. I do not think all veterans from last year will be back so when the top level free agents like Lebron James, DWayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson and others sign there will be secondary players that will need homes.
When the free agent market starts to take shape a savvy GM like John Hammonds should be able to find a player or two that can help the Bucks at a relative bargain. While nobody thinks the Bucks will be major players in the signing frenzy do not be surprised if Hammonds is still able to make the Bucks better. With very little wiggle room last season he brought in Carlos Delfino, Hakim Warrick, Kurt Thomas, Jerry Stackhouse and John Salmons. That was significant movement for a team with no room to maneuver.
Hammonds comment is below:
“We want to have a young, energetic, athletic team,” Hammond tells the Journal Sentinel. “But we also know we need veteran help. There’s no question that what helped us last season were guys such as Jerry Stackhouse and Kurt Thomas and John Salmons. Those guys have been around the block before. We know that it’s a lot of pressure on those young guys to perform every night, especially those guys that haven’t been there. The more veteran help you can have, that’s important for any team.
“With all of our free agents, we’ll explore all options and see how it plays itself out,” Hammond added. “We want to be aggressive.”
Topics: Free Agency