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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Yi, Green, or bust for Bucks

I may have my problems with Gary Woelfel, but give the devil his due, he's the one legitimate source of inside information on Bucks basketball in existence at the moment. He is now reporting that the Bucks will draft one of the following players, listed in order of preference: Al Horford, Mike Conley, Yi Jianlin, or Jeff Green, or they will trade the pick. Woelfel says his gut tells him the pick will be traded. The most prominent name floating around is Shawn Marion of the Phoenix Suns, but that would be dependent on salary issues and contingent on the Suns landing Garnett.

Now, since no one expects Horford or Conley to be there at 6, it will come down to whom the Celtics pick. If they go with Yi, the Bucks will either trade the pick or take Green. If Yi is still on the board, Woelfel insists he will be a Milwaukee Buck.

This news is somewhat stunning to me, because Yi's agent has made it clear that Yi has no interest in playing for Milwaukee. If Woelfel's report is true, I applaud Larry Harris for refusing to allow a player's agent to dictate where his player will play. That kind of arrogance rubs me the wrong way. If Harris truly believes Yi is the best player on the board, he should draft him.

By the way, the word around the Association is the prospect I love to hate, Brandan Wright, is dropping like a skydiver who forgot his parachute. He could fall all the way to 10, which would be a stunning development considering he was the consensus No. 3 pick about a month ago.


At June 29, 2007 at 1:26 AM, Blogger Treego said...

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At June 29, 2007 at 1:27 AM, Blogger Treego said...

Jianlian ... not Jianlin.

Thank you.

At June 29, 2007 at 1:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love this pick. a billion t-shirts are getting sold in china tomorrow with a bucks logo on them(not to mention the increased marketability of redd, bogut and possibly villanueva in a foreign market). that's not the only reason i believe this is a good pick. i think we all believe that we currently have a pretty good starting five (in the eastern conference that is). the basketball guys in our front office love this guy and that's okay with me. after conley was drafted (whom i love), i think we needed to take the best prospect, which we did. we have the ability to work this guy in and not have our entire franchise depend on him.

if anybody else saw a true franchise altering player available at this pick, i would love your input. i would've been in favor of drafting brewer due to his defensive prowess; however, i believe with our young core and the addition of a possible superstar in waiting (yi), we took the best possible choice.

this pick is gonna be contreversial and i can't wait to hear input from many others.

At June 29, 2007 at 3:15 AM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

Treego you read this blog often enough to know my trademark is the botched and/or misspelled name. Im pretty conscientious when it comes to spelling words, for some reason, but I'm borderline indifferent when it comes to names.

At June 29, 2007 at 6:08 AM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

Yeah, I'm kind of with you, anonymous. Jianlian may have faults, but so did every other prospect on the board, and he, more than the others, has the highest upside and the best shot at reaching that upside.

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