Recently, the Milwaukee Bucks were swept out of the NBA Playoffs by the Miami Heat.
More importantly, the Bucks have a lot of expiring contracts going into the offseason:
Apr 15, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard J.J. Redick (5) during the game against the Denver Nuggets at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Denver won 112-111. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
J.J. Redick, $6 million
Apr 23, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings (right) talks with teammate point guard Monta Ellis (left) in the second half during game two in the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 98-86. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Jennings, $3.18 million. His tag team partner Monta Ellis has a player option for $11,000,000.
Starter Marquis Daniels is also a free agent this summer. Mike Dunleavy and Samuel Dalembert as well.
Possible replacements for Jennings include:
- Mo Williams, a veteran and former all-star who has played with Chris Paul and LeBron James (when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers.)
- Jarrett Jack, a great point guard with intensity and speed, who has the potential to step in and be a starter.
- Jerryd Bayless, a key player in the regular season for the Memphis Grizzlies.
- Jeff Teague, a key member of the Atlanta Hawks offense alongside Josh Smith and Al Hortford
- Patty Mills, a key player for the great Gregg Popovich
Their salary cap for next season is set to be around $40 million dollars, after cutting out the $23 million set to expire on their payroll. They could use their extra salary space to attract superstars, like Chris Paul in addition to some other role players.
Monta Ellis replacements include:
- OJ Mayo, who has had some good starts this year. Losses were not his fault.
- JR Smith, 2013’s Sixth Man of the Year
- Tony Allen, who has made some key plays for Memphis this year. Will he have as much of an impact this year without a coach emphasizing defense like Lionel Hollins?
Marquis Daniels replacements include:
- Nick Young, who has had some 30 point games this year.
- Corey Brewer, who won a ring with Rick Carlisle’s Dallas Mavericks and did a great job with the Denver Nuggets this year.
- Heck, our own Houston Rockets probably have a good small forward that the Milwaukee Bucks may desire, including former Bucks veteran Carlos Delfino!
They will be keeping Ersan Illyasova, who can hopefully hit another stride next season with shooting, along with key defense/rebounding experts Larry Sanders and John Henson. Sanders averaged 3 blocks a game, close to the season leader. Henson stepped up when Sanders could not whether because of foul trouble or other reasons to aid his team.