There was a lot of huffing and puffing last week around the NBA trade deadline regarding the Milwaukee Bucks, but in the end no one was quite blown away with an unremarkable six player trade that brought J.J. Redick to the Bucks and sent Beno Udrih, Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb to the Orlando Magic.
This is the latest in a long, long line of trades for the Bucks and – like most of those completed since 2000 – will probably not mean much for the organization long term.
The two complimentary parts the Bucks received along with Redick, 6-foot, 10-inch forward Gustavo Ayon and 24-year-old point guard Ishmael "Ish" Smith, don't mean much. The deal is for Redick, a 6-4 shooting guard, a sixth-year pro who will be 29 in June and looking for a long term extension.
In his contract season, Redick is shooting a career-best 45 percent from the field (39 percent from the 3-point line), scoring at a career high 15.1 point per game clip and dishing out a career high 4.4 assists in a career high 31.5 minutes per game.
It’s safe to say Redick would be a nice "long" term (three year deal?) compliment to point guard Brandon Jennings as he is a shooting guard who doesn’t need to dominate the ball to score.
He's developed into a good NBA player. Yet, Redick is not a star.
When Orlando was good from 2006 to '11, a stretch where the Magic made five straight playoff appearances that included a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals and a loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, he was a role player. During those years, Redick averaged 7.7 points in just under 18 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent from the field.
Once Orlando decided to trade Dwight Howard and tear it down the last two years, Redick’s playing time increased, leading to greater statistical productivity.
Going back to 2000, the Bucks have made nearly 30 trades that haven’t resulted in much, either in superstar talent, winning seasons (four) or high lottery picks. Here’s a quick look at some memorable Bucks moves.
Trade: In 2001, the Bucks dealt Scott Williams and a 2004 1st round pick to Denver for Aleksander Radojevic and Kevin Willis.
Result: That pick traveled a bit, but it eventually turned into Josh Smith for the Atlanta Hawks as the Bucks ended up with no picks in 2004.
Trade: Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson was moved to Atlanta for Toni Kukoc, Leon Smith and a 1st round pick in 2003.
Result: A good move as Robinson was out of the league in three years, but he averaged over 20 points per game in helping Atlanta win just enough games to keep the Bucks from moving up into the top seven of the draft. They settled for T.J. Ford after LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Chris Kaman and Kirk Hinrich were all selected. Ford would be traded in 2006 for Charlie Villanueva.
Trade: Ray Allen and a 2003 1st round pick is shipped west to Seattle for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason.
Result: The pick turned into Luke Ridnour, a solid point guard who did spend some time in Milwaukee later. Allen made seven more All-Star teams and has averaged nearly 20 points per game since. He is a surefire Hall of Famer. Payton averaged 19.6 points and 7.4 assists in 28 games for the Bucks as the team advanced to the playoffs, but was gone as a free agent after the year.
Trade: In 2008, the Bucks sent former No. 6 pick Yi Jianlin and Bobby Simmons off for Richard Jefferson and then Mo Williams and Desmond Mason for Damon Jones, Adrian Griffin and Ridnour.
Result: Jefferson averaged nearly 20 points per game in his one year with the Bucks, and he was traded a year later for Bruce Bowen, Fabricio Oberto and Kurt Thomas. Williams turned into an All-Star in Cleveland. Mason declined quickly and was out of the league in two years.
Trade: John Salmons was brought in after sending former No. 8 pick Joe Alexander, Hakim Warrick and a 2010 1st rounder to the Bulls. The Bucks also received a 2010 1st rounder in return, along with second round picks in 2011 and 2012.
Result: A win, as Salmons averaged 19.9 points per game for the Bucks in helping the team to the playoffs. The first round pick turned into Larry Sanders. The 2011 second round pick was Isaiah Thomas, who was sent to Sacramento for Jon Brockman, who was sent to Houston in 2012 in a seven-player deal for Samuel Dalembert and a first round pick that turned into John Henson.
Some other minor victories for the Bucks were the acquisitions of Keith Van Horn (2004), Villanueva (2006), Carlos Delfino (2009) and Monta Ellis (2012) in that they put up decent numbers for the Bucks, but for the most part there hasn’t been much of an impact made with any of the deals.
Redick may indeed sign an extension, but at 29 it’s safe to say he won’t be the impact acquisition the franchise has been searching for since the turn of the century.
Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.
A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.
To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.
Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining OnMilwaukee.com.
In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.
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