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Bucks put Bogut on trade block, but you have to take Stephen Jackson too

Mar 9, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

Andrew Bogut, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier AP

For a long time, Andrew Bogut was untouchable as a trade piece in Milwaukee — there just are not a lot of quality big men in the NBA and when healthy Bogut was a borderline All-Star.

But he hasn’t really been healthy for several years — first his major elbow injury two years ago and this year he broke his ankle — so now the Bucks are listening to offers for the Australian center, according to multiple reports.

But there is a catch, reports Mark Stein of ESPN.

Sources say that the Bucks, at least for the moment, are insisting that any team that trades for Bogut take on the disgruntled Stephen Jackson as part of the trade.

And that’s what is bound to keep Bogut in Milwaukee past Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline more than his latest health setback, after he suffered a fractured left ankle against Houston on Jan. 25 after landing on the Rockets’ Samuel Dalembert in the lane.

Jackson is owed $10 million next season and teams are leery about taking that on. Bogut is owed $27 million over two seasons after this one, but again if healthy he is worth that. It’s a gamble some teams would take.

Bogut has never requested a trade but is open to the idea, reports the Racine Journal Times.

But there are whispers Bogut wouldn’t mind a change of scenery, having become frustrated about the team’s lack of progress and his strained relationship with Bucks head coach Scott Skiles.

Skiles wears on a lot of players. He’s an old-school, hard-a** coach and players get tired of that act.

One team reportedly interested is the Washington Wizards, who would likely want to swap bigs and give the Bucks JaVale McGee. But likely not at the price of taking on Jackson, too.

A Bogut trade is something to watch, but if the Bucks really are insisting on someone taking on S-Jax don’t expect a deal.

  1. chiadam - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    “So, you can have the big guy with the typical foot issues but you have to also take the crazy guy with the unique fan-punching issue. It’s a win-win…you know, for us.”

    - Milwaukee Bucks GM

  2. devinmr711 - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Mcgee > Bogut cmon Ernie Grunfeld stop ruining my Wizards. Rebuild through draft don’t trade for the most injury prone center in the Eastern Conference.

    • nhmac - Mar 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Yes, Bogut is injury prone but his fractured ankle was bad luck as he landed on Dalembert’s foot.

      A healthy Bogut is way better than JaVale McGee. McGee might be the dumbest player in the league.

  3. magicfan22 - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    3 team deal orlando gets Ellis GS gets bogut and jacson bucks get jj redick David lee

  4. drunkenjunk - Mar 9, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I hope for the wiz sake they don’t do this. That locker room has enough issues w/o Jackson coming.

    • nichobert - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Jackson isn’t a “locker room issue” guy though. Everybody he plays with loves him. Tim Duncan called him the ultimate teammate. Sure, the guy has some high profile issues, but he isn’t locker room cancer like Nick Young or Andray

  5. bparmalee - Mar 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    The Bobcats need to call and see if they can work this trade out. Charlotte won’t be attracting any decent free agents anytime and this might be their only shot to get a decent center. It’s buy low sell high at it’s best. Right now Jackson has no value but next year… in his last year… his value automatically goes up and teams a fearful of Boguts injury issues. The best part of the deal is it won’t mess up them having the worst overall record. It’s not like they could give up too much… they don’t have anything and if it doesn’t work out they are no worse off then they are right now. They are one of the few teams in a position to take this kind of risk.

    • fm31970 - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:27 AM

      Um, Charlotte traded Jackson to Milwaukee last year. Why would they want him back?

      Kurt’s right- Bogut is a borderline All Star, but probably never will be an All Star. He’s injury prone, “freak injury” excuse or not. The Bucks finally got Michael Redd off the books (also very injury prone the last few years), so if they can deal both Bogut and Jackson for someone not named McGee, they will come out ahead.

      I can see them dealing Jennings, too, but at least he has more value than Bogut or Jackson.

      As much as I hate to say it, the Bucks have no stars, no chance to get any stars, and they have an outdated, dull arena which is a money loser for the team. Herb Kohl is going to sell the team sooner rather than later, and there’s no way a new arena gets approved in Milwaukee- we’ve still got another decade of paying for Miller Park. Bucks in Seattle by 2015!

      • bparmalee - Mar 10, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        I’m not saying the Bobcats would want Jackson back… although he was productive for them….I am saying it’s the only way they can get a decent center. In NBA trades you take the good with the bad and the Bobcats can’t get any worse then they are right now. If Bogut gets healthy then it’s a winning trade. If he doesn’t then they aren’t any worse off. The Bucks and Bobcats are in a smililar position with free agents… no decent free agent will ever go to the Bucks or the Bobcats…. ever. The only way to build up is through the draft and risky trades…. and we have seen how the Bobcats draft.

  6. muskyhunter2542 - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    the injurys he has had are not ones that he could do anything about. they came from playing hard.
    I’m pretty much done for life as a bucks fan if they trade Bogut. they would be dead to me like the rest of Milwaukee.

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