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John Hammond May Have One More Transaction Up His Sleeve - July 23


Within two hours on Monday, the Milwaukee Bucks filled out their 15-man roster by trading for power forward Jon Brockman and inking veteran point guard Keyon Dooling.

But even though it seems that GM John Hammond can finally sit back, light a cigar, and call it an offseason, one of the above acquisitions may be foreshadowing one final transaction to complete his work.

Milwaukee's roster has gone through a Heidi Montag-like reformation over the course of this summer. But unlike the secluded former reality star, the 2010-11 Bucks are more athletic, versatile and deeper off the bench thanks to a higher talent level in both the new veterans and still-developing youngsters.

With Brandon Jennings entering his sophomore campaign in the NBA, and already with 1,071 minutes and 89 games started under his belt, Milwaukee needed a backup to limit turnovers, play respectable defense, and hit the occasional jumper while distributing the ball as needed to a team suddenly rife with scorers.

Dooling is a quality defender and three-point threat, but otherwise shouldn't stir a lot of confidence from the Bucks faithful that he'll be the next Luke Ridnour. But as I mentioned in a previous post, this year's team shouldn't need the backup point guard to be anything more than a caretaker capable of hitting a shot or two and defending when necessary.

For the price of a player who was never going to wear a Bucks uniform and an undisclosed future second-round draft pick, Brockman comes to a team with power forwards in every flavor of the rainbow (analogy courtesy of Frank Madden at Brew Hoop).

Brockman is a Skiles-type player in that he has some deficiencies (only 6-9, no shooting range, fairly immobile defensively) that can be overcome by a constantly running motor and physical rebounding presence under the basket. But he's now the sixth power forward on the roster, and won't be able to fill in for Bogut at center thanks to his lack of length and ideal size.

Almost by default, trading for the Brockness Monster signals the end of Ersan Ilyasova or Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's careers in Milwaukee. Because the Prince is a stud defensive specialist capable of covering positions one through four, it leaves Ilyasova as the odd man out on the trading block.

Ilyasova was a good story in 2009-10, but ultimately he is stuck in limbo on the bench thanks to the Bucks' commitment to their drafted power forwards. If Hammond makes one more tweak, assuming it involves Ilyasova or even Mbah a Moute, the question to ask is which position to target. We can already rule out the shooting guard, small forward and power forward positions because each has at least three able players.

Bringing in a backup center or sharp-shooting point guard would be Hammond's best option. Bogut is really the only true center on the roster and coming off a Joe Theismann-level injury, and just having a semi-experienced center on the roster would provide some level of insurance.

It would also make sense to dangle Ilyasova for someone with Luther Head's perimeter skill set, as Dooling is a 10-year veteran and has had some injury concerns in the past. Strangely, both of these potential needs were strong suits in 2009-10, which reflects just how much Milwaukee has changed in the span of three months.

At this point, Hammond's choice of action concerning the log jam at power forward is as impossible to predict as the Powerball lottery. But it shouldn't come as a surprise if the 2009-10 Executive of the Year makes one final alteration to the 2010-11 Bucks roster.





Recent NBA Draft and Offseason Blog Entries:

Four-Team Trade - 8/12
More with Ted Leonsis: Turning around the Washington Wizards - 8/11
Ted Leonsis Taking Washington Wizards on a New Path - 8/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 8/5 (Shaq)
NBA Announced Nationally Televised Game Schedule - 8/4
Michigan State Dismisses Chris Allen - 8/4
2011 NBA Free Agents - 7/30
2010 NBA Offseason Losers - 7/29
2010 NBA Offseason Winners - 7/28
Larry Bird Ranked Worst NBA GM - 7/27
Chris Paul Possible Trades - 7/26
Tracy McGrady to Chicago looking Extremely Likely - 7/26
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/24 (Kurt Thomas)
2011 NBA Draft Trades - 7/24
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/23 (Jefferson)
John Hammond May Have One More Transaction Up His Sleeve - 7/23
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/20 (Kleiza)
Evan Turner vs. Purdue Fans in Heated Twitter Trash Talk - 7/19
Top 10 2010 NBA Free Agents Available - 7/18
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/18 (Brad Miller)
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/17 (Brewer)
Magic Match Offer Sheet for J.J. Redick - 7/17
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/16
How Does Wesley Matthews Fit in Portland? - 7/16
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/15
Jefferson-Chandler Trades Analysis - 7/14
Michael Redd Era Over in Milwaukee - 7/14
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/13
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis (Last Weekend's) - 7/13
Childress-Turkoglu-Morrow Trades Analysis - 7/13
Sixers' Evan Turner Struggled in Summer League - 7/13
Specific Details of NCAA Tournament Expansion Announced Today - 7/13
Bulls Sign Kyle Korver, Offer Sheet to J.J. Redick - 7/11
Brainwashed Timberwolves Fans Fail to See the Light - 7/10
Winner in LeBron Sweepstakes? Milwaukee Bucks - 7/10
Larry Sanders Brings a Unique Skill Set to Milwaukee - 7/10
LeBron James to Miami Heat Recap - 7/9
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/9
Knicks-Warriors David Lee Trade Analysis - 7/9
Timberwolves-Heat Michael Beasley Trade Analysis - 7/9
Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to Miami Heat - 7/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/8
The LeBron James Show - 7/8
Carlos Boozer Signs with Bulls - 7/8
Profiling Milwaukee's Potential Point Guards - 7/8
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/7
2010 NBA Summer League Recap - 7/7
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/6
2010 NBA Summer League Recap - 7/6
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/5
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/4
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/3
It's Not LeBron or Bust for the Bulls - 7/3
2010 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 7/2
2010 NBA Free Agency: Day 1 - 7/2
Former NBA Player Kendall Gill on the Bulls Free Agent Prospects - 7/2
2010 NBA Draft Day Trades - 6/25
Foreign Flavor Losing Flair in NBA Draft - 6/24
Bucks-Warriors Corey Maggette Trade - 6/23
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 6/22
76ers-Kings Samuel Dalembert Trade - 6/18
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 6/3
2010 NBA Draft Lottery Odds Breakdown - 5/17
Evan Turner's Flaws - 5/13
Where Will Joe Johnson Go? - 5/12
Bulls Could Use Oklahoma State's James Anderson - 5/10
2010 NBA Draft Mailbag - 5/9
2010 NBA Draft Early Entries - 5/9
Debate's Over: Deron Williams is the Best Point Guard - 5/8
Someone to Be Drafted from DePaul? Yes, Really - 5/7
Gani Lawal: Testing the NBA Draft Waters - 5/6
Can De'Sean Butler Be Mr. Clutch in the NBA? - 5/5
Derrick Favors: No. 1 Big Man on 2010 NBA Draft Boards - 5/4
Jordan Crawford: More Than the Guy Who Dunked on LeBron - 5/3
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Where Will Dwayne Wade Go? - 5/1
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2010 NBA Trade Deadline Grades - 2/19
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