Bucks Diary

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Getting better all the time in BucksNation

Yi looks good and is finally talking, Mo Williams is close to resigning, and now it seems the Bucks are hot on the trail of the highly productive free agent SF Gerald Wallace. Gary Woelfel is reporting that Bucks GM Larry Harris has been in contact with the agent for Wallace, and other sources indicate Wallace is quite receptive to the Bucks overtones. Wallace is reportedly seeking a deal that would average around $8 million a season, a seeming bargain when one considers the Bucks had to spend over $6 million a year to acquire the much less productive SF Bobby Simmons (Harris's dogged pursuit of Wallace and the aging Desmond Mason tells you all you need to know about his opinion of that signing).

On a down note, the Pistons closed their much anticipated multi-year deal with Chauncey Billups, so the Diesel's pipe dream of bringing him to Milwaukee has ended (kidding Diesel). Also, free agent SF Andres Nocioni, a player I thought might bring some needed defensive toughness to the Bucks, has also reupped with the Chicago Bulls.


At July 8, 2007 at 1:51 AM, Blogger Jeramey said...

Mo Williams has been talking to the Miami Heat. I would love to see a story in the Journal Sentinel Monday morning talking about how we agreed to resign him.

If we ink Wallace and can't manage to land a point guard, we're in trouble. We probably would need to sign (and overpay) Brevin Knight then.

I still think Simmons is going to bounce back. Almost every game he has played in a Bucks uniform he's had a nagging injury. With the surgeries that shouldn't be the case anymore.

He seemed to have that killer instinct to take the ball to the hole or pop a smooth J two years when he played.

Keep up the good blogging, things are finally getting exciting in the world of Bucks blogging!


At July 8, 2007 at 6:14 AM, Anonymous jr said...

I don't want to burst your Yi bubble, but check out his line from last night's game vs. the Kings:

9 pts on 2-14 shooting (2-14!) w/5 TOs in 33+ minutes, although on the brighter side he did have 7 rb, 3 steals and a block

I don't think this means he's going to be awful by any means. I just think it's kind of silly to rush to judgements after one good or bad Summer League game.

Here's hoping he turns out to be an impact player...with the Bucks, of course.

At July 8, 2007 at 10:06 AM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

I knew it. I spoke to soon, again. He also had a ho-hum game against the Maverick summer team in Dallas prior to coming to Vegas. Clearly, he will be a work in progress. But I like the elements.

He's not alone in his early struggles. Kevin Durant also had a poor game in his opener against the Maverick summer team, which I caught on NBAtv. His first shot was a weak finger roll that was promptly marked "Return to Sender; Address Unknown" by Diop. But, man, does Durant look terrifying. He has the coordination of a 6'3'' shooting guard, and, when you consider standing reach, he was the second tallest player in the draft.

At July 8, 2007 at 10:10 AM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

Jeramey, did you say the name Brevin Knight? Oh god, no!! Actually you are right on point, though. It seems to be Mo or bust for the Bucks. Hopefully Mo doesn't realize that and put the screws to the Bucks finances.

As for Simmons, he is a terrific outside shooter (exceptional for a SF actually), but I WISH he would take it to the hole more. He's got the size and strength, but his basket attack ratio (FTA/FGA) was very low, under 20%. If he added that element to his game, I really feel he could get into that middle echelon of SFs, which is about all we need.

The Bratwurst rules, btw.

At July 8, 2007 at 10:17 AM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

Btw, Jr, I totally get your point about rushing to judgment. The only reason I got a little excited about the game Yi had was, unlike any draft choice I can remember, Yi has been so shrouded in mystery. I had no idea what to make of him.

From the internet scouting reports I had read, and some word of mouth, I truly worried the Bucks had gotten themselves a pig in a poke. That's why I kind of went unneccesarily overboard when I saw that he at least possesses skills that we can work with.

But your comments are well taken.

At July 8, 2007 at 5:55 PM, Blogger Jeramey said...

Yeah, I read somewhere that Knight was one of the best left available. I think I found that possibly in the Miami Herald.

Scary thought, isn't it?

As long as we have a point guard that can shoot second, pass first, I think we'll be alright. We need Charlie Bell back for sure if Mo walks.

At July 8, 2007 at 6:17 PM, Anonymous jr said...

Blogmaster, I totally understand your relief that Yi can at least, you know, play a little. He's one of those guys, like Splitter, that it seems like I've been reading about on nbadraft.com, draftexpress and the like for years and years. I don't think anyone's ever argued that he didn't have a couple of NBA ready skills like his mid range jumper, finesse moves in the post and to a lesser extent shot-blocking. The questions have been about strength, rebounding, defense, etc. and generally his ability to succeed in such a tough, athletic league. The little we've seen so far only confirms that he's a high-risk/high-reward type of pick, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see.


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