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Report: Bucks discussed 5-year, $40 million deal with Redick

Mar 15, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

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The Milwaukee Bucks will be forced to reshape their backcourt this summer.

Monta Ellis is the team’s leading scorer (19.4 points a game) but he remains a gunner, an inefficient scorer (shooting 41.9 percent overall and 24.1 percent from three). He is an unrestricted free agent.

Brandon Jennings if four years younger, scores 18.2 points a game, is a better from three (37.9 percent), dishes out a few more assists, but struggles to finish around the rim. Jennings is a restricted free agent — Milwaukee can match any offer, but Jennings got a new agent who is there to get a bigger deal and ideally get him to a bigger market.

Then there is J.J. Redick, acquired at the trade deadline (in a deal for Tobias Harris, who looks great in Orlando where they gave him some run). One of he game’s best shooters and a solid all around player, Redick has averaged 14.2 points a game in limited minutes off the bench. And he is an unrestricted free agent.

And it looks like Milwaukee really wants to keep him, tweets Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times.

I think that is a fair offer for Redick, although in a soft free agent market could he see a bigger one from a more desperate team? Also, how much does he like Milwaukee?

Still, good move by the Bucks to be proactive.

I think the Bucks plan to match just about any deal Jennings gets and pair him with Redick — that’s a combo that can be very good if Jennings can take another step forward with his game. He needs to finish better both in isolation and off the pick-and-roll (which comes back to finishing at the rim). The Bucks offense simply is not that great this season (21st in NBA in points per possession) and the Redick-Jennings combo can improve that.

If they can keep them both.

  1. bougin89 - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    We have a chance to have a ton of cap room and rebuild and this is the plan???

  2. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Hahahahahaha…5 yrs, $40 mil!!!!

    More like 3 years, 15 mil, tops.

    Ah, the Bucks being the Bucks. How’s that Drew Gooden contract working for you?

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      Drew Gooden is still in the NBA?

      • bougin89 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        I can’t remember his contract numbers for the next three years because I throw up everytime I look at it.

  3. hqdeezy - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Fair deal for both sides, but I honestly feel it favors the Bucks. Reddick proved that he can play and can be a starter in this league and I think he’ll get a slightly better deal if he hits the open market. What the Bucks really need is an athletic & defensive minded C.

  4. 13arod - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I am a fan of jj but he doesn’t deserve that much unless they make him a starter

    • loungefly74 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      yeah, man. totally right. $8 million per season is “starter money”. the Bucks must have plans for him to start. (maybe a strong “6th man” role would justify it as well)…but dang, that just seems like a lot for him.

  5. jjthesportsguy - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    I agree with the first guy. They finally got rid of the bad contracts(Salmons, Maggette, Bogut, Udrih). They are building a good solid young core in Jennings, Sanders, Ilysova, and Mbah A Moute. Now they go ahead and do something like this? Really a head scratcher.

    I thought for sure the Redick trade was for an expiring contract to free up some cap space freedom….but I guess I wasn’t really a fan of the Bucks trading away Tobias Harris in the first place. Would have been nice to give him any minutes at all and see what they had before they traded him away for a spot up shooter who is bad defensively. They still don’t have anyone to offer offense from the small forward position.

  6. cmart0907 - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    No way in hell is is worth 8mill a year!! More like 5 year 25million. He basically one dimensional.

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