Milwaukee Bucks Links: Dooling and Bogut Covet Jobs; Buyers Await NBA Teams

Sun Sentinel:  Keyon Dooling has a lot to worry about. Not only is he a Vice-President of the National Basketball Players Association and current member of the Bucks, but he’s also a man looking for a job on the sly.  After a draft-day trade that brought in Beno Udrih and Shaun Livingston — two players who play the same position as Dooling — Milwaukee doesn’t seem to have a role for him this season.  At a charity event in Miami, Keyon speculated on his future.

Dooling said he can still contribute on a good team, possibly the Heat if the opportunity is presented.

“I could see that,” Dooling said. “But who wouldn’t jump at that opportunity?”

Is he eying another team while still under contract with the Bucks?  It’s hard to tell from the phrasing if he’s saying that he would like to play on a good team, or if he would like to join the Heat specifically.  In any case, would anyone begrudge a classy fringe player like Dooling the opportunity to extend his career elsewhere , especially when the Bucks are edging him out?  I know I wouldn’t.

ABC Sydney:

Andrew Bogut missed the opportunity to play in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) when he attempts to find suitable insurance to cover his NBA contract.  But a recent piece from Sydney suggests that he hasn’t stopped considering the idea.  In fact, he looks a career in the NBL as a bridge to retirement.

“(I will) probably finish my NBA career (first).  The collective bargaining comes up every five years; bar a lockout, I’d never have a chance to play in the NBL because the seasons are at the same time.  But I’ll definitely look at it towards the end of my career.”

Good for Andrew.  Here’s hoping that he’s healthy enough to have a long NBA career, followed by a one-year stint in the NBL for the 2024-25 season.

Journal Sentinel: In his “The Business of Sports” column, Don Walker takes a look at the sale of the Philadelphia 76ers, and he uses their situation to forecast how a sale of the Bucks would proceed.  He notes that the 76ers sold for a price far lower than the one given in the annual Forbes ranking of franchise values.  But Walker also cites a conversation that he had with someone in the know when it comes to NBA teams and their price tags.

In recent weeks, I spoke to a investor who works with NBA teams. He told me that, on any given day, he has three or more monied investors who are waiting for the next NBA team to be put up for sale (my emphasis).

That should answer the question whether there might be interest in the Bucks someday.

Hmm.  People hate owning NBA teams so badly — what with the devastating losses, inherent devaluation, and brand-name revulsion — that there’s a waiting list to get in on the masochistic pain.

Empathizing with billionaires as they spill their boo-hoo babble just got that much harder.  (Note to owners:  If your teams are causing you that many problems, fellas, then sell ‘em.

Perhaps Keyon should take Walker’s article to his next negotiation with the owners.

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