The Bucks are close. They're about 2 solid contributors away from being a legitimate playoff team. Here's a look at the current roster:
PG's: Brandon Jennings, Beno Udrih
SG's: Monta Ellis, Doron Lamb
SF's: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Mike Dunleavy, Tobias Harris
PF's: Drew Gooden, Larry Sanders, Ekpe Udoh, John Henson
C's: Samuel Dalembert
Priority #1 is re-signing F Ersan Illyasova, but so far it sounds like Ersan is more than willing to pack up and leave Milwaukee. If the Bucks can't resign Illyasova, they can turn to SF Carlos Delfino, but I'd be content if they let him go too.
WITH Ersan, their predicament is pretty good. If free agent SG O.J. Mayo is cheap enough and willing to come off the bench, the Bucks should give him a look. A bigger signing like that will prohibit the Bucks from signing any other big name free agents. If they add Mayo, they can move some of their 1,000 forwards. Drew Gooden's value is probably at his highest since the Bucks acquired him. Veteran Gooden and young shot blocker Larry Sanders may have some decent trade value together. If the Bucks could move the pair for a decent back up center. If these moves were possible, their roster would look like this:
PG's: Jennings, Udrih
SG's: Ellis, O.J. Mayo, Lamb
SF's: Mbah a Moute, Dunleavy, Harris
PF's: Illyasova, Udoh, Henson
C's: Dalembert, (another center...)
with room for more additions
The Bucks roster then has a lot of talent and starts to look really explosive.
WITHOUT Ersan, their predicament is a whole lot worse (and I'm not even a huge Ersan fan). Now they still have a deep pool of forwards, but not much talent there. They are thin at C and SG. If the Bucks fail to re-sign Illyasova, they have a lot of pieces to find via free agency or with some trades.
So go re-sign Ersan!
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