Getting the Milwaukee Bucks Down to a 15-Man Roster

If you head on over to and click your way into the Bucks roster, then here is what you’ll see. (And if this piece is correct, you’d better get there soon.)













Are you keeping score at home? Then this pic should quickly reveal that the Bucks have 17 players for 15 roster spots.  The Bucks took their 14-man roster, traded away two players (Maggette and Salmons), added three more by the same trade (Jackson, Udrih, and Livingston), and drafted Harris and Leuer.

Quick Fix:

The Bucks could opt not to re-sign unrestricted free agents Redd and Boykins, and choose not make a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Chris Douglas-Roberts, who vanished from the playing rotation mid-season. (The Bucks have already made a qualifying offer to Mbah a Moute.)  These moves would get the Bucks back down to 14 players.

Lesser Known Options:

There are other players on the horizon.  Former first-round draft pick Joe Alexander and former Wisconsin center Brian Butch each had a four-day workout with the Bucks.

The main thing was giving those two guys somebody to work out against,” (former St. Cloud State All-American center Matt) Schneck said. “I went for four days (against Alexander), took a week off, and then went back to work out against Brian (Butch).

Alexander, though, has also worked out with the Hawks, so he may be trying to catch on with a team elsewhere.

2010 2nd-round pick Darington Hobson could feasibly return to Milwaukee (go to about the midway point of the article).

Last catch?

With the work stoppage threatening to take hold later this week, the post-lockout NBA landscape sits in a cloudy state.  With the two sides so far apart, is it hard to conceive that maximum/minimum roster size could be an issue in the talks?  The owners are looking for concessions from the players in the new collective bargaining agreement, and maximum roster sizes could easily shrink below 15 before we see live games on an NBA court again.

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