Perhaps the best way to evaluate the draft day trade involving the Bucks, Bobcats, and Kings is to go to the Sacramento and Charlotte bloggers and gauge their reactions.
Bloggers for the Kings despised this trade. It has to be a good sign for the Bucks that one fanbase came away from the trade extremely disgruntled, right?
Sactown Royalty: Tom Ziller points out that trading away Udrih opens the door for for Jimmer but not necessarily in a good way.
The Kings made the trade to clear the point guard decks for the pick, Jimmer. In doing so, the Kings added $10 million of salary for an older, worse player. They traded down, and the roster situation got worse. That doesn’t happen. That’s not supposed to happen.
It’s nice to know that it’s not always the Bucks who are taking on the “older, worse” , more expensive players.
The reaction on the Bobcats end is mixed. The Bobcats traded away their one bonafide scorer in Steven Jackson, but Bobcat fans who view the transaction with an eye toward the future generally see the trade in a positive light. They know that there will be pain short-term while the young’uns learn, but that it’s better to bottom out in the league and begin anew than to stay stuck in middle forever.
Roberto Gato: They have draft pieces all over their site, but they were actually excited for the trade even before the Bobcats selected Biyombo and Kemba in the draft.
Rufus on Fire: The key line of their trade/draft evaluation? “For the Bobcats, however, this stands to become a fantastic trade.” They also view the Kings as the losers in this deal.
Zach Lower of SI.Com: In a piece with the title “Kings are biggest losers in three-team trade“, Lowe praises the Bucks for jettisoning their awful contracts while picking up usable rotation players.
Milwaukee has done brilliantly to unload $45 million in long-term money attached to Maggette and Salmons. The Bucks are taking back about $38 million in future salary attached to Jackson, Livingston and Udrih, but none of these three deals run as long as the Salmons’ contract, and all three players could potentially help the Bucks.
While later adding,
The Bucks would have made the playoffs last season had they been healthy. They look like a sure bet to get there now, and with Andrew Bogut manning a fierce defense, they will be an annoying out for anyone.
So Zach seems to like the trade from Milwaukee’s perspective. I like it, too. But then again, the key question is, “What do you think?” Let us know in the ‘Comments’ section.