Milwaukee Bucks Links: Olympic Fever Edition

Olé:  Carlos Delfino has one contract offer on the table, and it’s from the Houston Rockets.  Delfino, who earlier expressed his displeasure with the Bucks this offseason, is currently in London with the Argentinian basketball team.  The Rockets have put forth a one-year offer, with a player option for the second year — albeit at a low number.

Houston was one of four teams — along with Indiana, Chicago, and Phoenix — to get into contract discussions with Delfino’s agent this offseason, but only the Rockets tendered an actual offer. The Rockets, of course, were also the team to amnesty his countryman and current teammate, Luis Scola, now with the Suns.

It’s disappointing that the Bucks haven’t at least made some attempt to work with Delfino, especially if the market for his skills is soft.  At a fair price, he could be the valuable SG/SF depth option that seems to be the single biggest shortcoming of the current Bucks roster.  They still need a wing who can hit the three-point shot.

Delfino has taken out his displeasure on the Lithuanian squad in a Group A opening match.  Midway through the third quarter of this game (as of publishing this story), he has twenty points.

Journal Times:  Gery Woelfel continues to report that the Bucks are close to signing Joel Przybilla to be their backup center and that this time, unlike his free agency back in January, the Bucks have the edge over the Blazers in obtaining his services.

According to several sources, Dallas, Chicago and, Portland have also shown keen interest in Przybilla. However, it appears the Bucks are the front-runners with the Trail Blazers being his second choice.

Przybilla could be a useful rotation player, and it would be better to have two true centers than the zero they had to finish the last season.  But if Larry Sanders’ future in the NBA is as a center, and if he is truly the difference maker on defense that advanced metrics make him out to be, then how do the minutes shake out?  Of course, injuries are always a potential reality, so having Joel makes sense.

But a “bigs” rotation of Udoh, Henson, Sanders, Ilyasova, Dalembert, Gooden, and Przybilla is a bit much.  If Przybilla and Dalembert make sense as centers, then the Bucks would probably need one less power forward.

Woelfel also notes that the Bucks are contemplating former Buck and current free agent Jodie Meeks as the shooting guard who ostensibly replaces Delfino.

Xinhua and AFP:  Not only did China select Yi Jianlian to be its flagbearer from among a group of nearly 400 of the world’s finest athletes, but their men’s basketball team implemented a strategy that “revolves around Yi”, according to point guard Jose Calderon.

Yi scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 97-81 loss to Spain in preliminary Group B action.

You always knew that Yi had this kind of performance in him, right?  Perhaps the Bucks should reach out to the free agent power forward realize that they have enough power forwards already.

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