Bucks Diary

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

If Vecsey's right, Harris blew it

According to Peter Vecsey, the New York Knickerbockers offered the Milwaukee Bucks PF Zach Randolph and SF Renaldo Balkman in exchange for PF Charlie Villanueva, SF Bobby Simmons, and C Dan Gadzuric... otherwise known as the Three Unproductive Amigos. Unbelievably, Harris said no. The proper response would have been "What time should I have those guys on the plane?"

If this report is right, the Bucks could have ditched overpaid dead weight for a fairly productive power forward, and a young, physical small forward with proven productive potential. Although both Randolph and Balkman's production is down this season, that's a relative term. If you compare their production to the Buck end of the deal, they both look like superstars.

In one fell swoop, Harris could have erased three of his mistakes and filled two of the team's gaping holes. What about this deal didn't he like? It was a deal worthy of "Dollar Days" at Target.

I hope Vecsey was wrong (which is certainly within the realm of possiblity) or I'm going to be one peeved Bucks Diarist.

Position Adjusted Win Scores (Estimated Career PAWS in parenthesis)

Renaldo Balkman...........+0.74 (+4.47)
Zach Randolph...............+0.50 (+0.26)

Bobby Simmons............-2.98 (-0.60)
Charlie Villenueva............-2.98 (-1.22)
Dan Gadzuric...................-3.36 (+0.45)


At January 15, 2008 at 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see where you're coming from, and it's hard for me to dislike a trade where we win the talent by so much. But if we add a no-pass PF to our no-pass SG I could see how we might not be better off, especially with our hoping for improvement from Bogut. Randolph's shooting percentage turned me off too.


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