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Report: Bucks pursuing restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe and Greivis Vasquez

Jul 6, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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A small-market team like Milwaukee can have a new ownership group that’s willing to spend money, and steal away another team’s head coach after he showed a modicum of success in his first season on the job.

But the Bucks can only realistically acquire star-level talent in a few very specific ways.

The team would have to draft it, acquire it via trade, or overpay for it dramatically in free agency. At the moment, it appears as though the last option on the list is the one Milwaukee feels has the best chance for success.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

In addition to weighing possible trade for Lin, I’m told Bucks are pitching offer sheet to RFA Eric Bledsoe and pursuing PG Greivis Vasquez

The potential Lin trade would be one where the Bucks would hope to get a future draft pick or some other relevant asset in return for helping the Rockets clear salary cap space by taking on Lin’s contract.

As for Bledsoe and Vasquez, both are restricted free agents, which means that their current teams have the right to match any offer these players might receive.

In the case of Bledsoe, the Suns have maintained all along that they’d do exactly that, even if an offer sheet for max contract-level dollars were indeed to be signed. But that’s the real issue here — is Bledsoe (or any other marquee free agent) really willing to sign up for max money in Milwaukee?

Historically, the answer’s been a resounding no. The Bucks have a much better chance at someone like Vasquez, but they’ll have to come with a fairly outlandish offer that would be enticing enough for him to consider, while scaring away the Raptors from matching at the very same time.

  1. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    You know how long I been saying Bledsoe would fit nicely on the Bucks. If they land him I feel like there a playoff team for sure. He plays the point guard best so I say move Knight and Mayo for a solid sg. I loved what Knight did last season but imo Bledoe’s a upgrade even though they both had 17 ppg Eric had more clutch shots. I think Kevin Martin wants to get the hell out of Minnesota lol.
    Eric Bledsoe
    Kevin Martin
    Giannis Attetekounmpo
    Jabari Parker
    Larry Saunders
    That looks scary

    • m4a188 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Hope is eternal.

      • lazegowizfan95 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        Idk why I got so many dislikes they don’t see the vision I guess oh well

    • bruiserbrigade - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      Crack is a hell of a drug. Lay off of it.

  2. alpo3744 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Kevin Martin is under contract with the wolves an gonna get dealt in any Kevin love deal that happens

  3. 2016olympics - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Smarter use of resources to give a max/near-max deal for real talent like Bledsoe (or maybe G. Hayward), than shell-out a bunch of $10M-$20M contracts for rotation players.

  4. 4thquartermagic - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    As a fellow fan of a small market team, I laugh at moves like this.
    Bucks aren’t going to be serious contenders by overpaying good/really good players.

    Then I quickly realize that’s exactly what my team does and I applaud them and believe we have hope.

    There’s no parity in the NBA. If you need proof just look to how two players Lebron (a proven winner) and Melo (a proven nothing) are holding franchises hostage. One superstar makes all the difference. Not a bunch of good/very good players.

    Teams don’t win in the NBA. Superstars surrounded by cheap role players win in the NBA.

    • 2016olympics - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      “Teams don’t win in the NBA. Superstars surrounded by cheap role players win in the NBA.”

      Right, except for that whole San Antonio Spurs thing.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        Yeah because Tim Duncan isn’t a first ballot hall of famer.

      • therealhtj - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Not to mention Parker, Ginobli, and possibly Leonard. Throw in a hall of fame coach too and team execs that somehow got 4 stars to play for about a million dollars more than Kobe Bryant alone (who played all of 6 games).

        So yes, all you Milwaukees, Indianas, Atlantas, Clevelands, Orlandos, and any other undesirable market I’m forgetting, that there’s your formula. OKC kinda sorta had it, but couldn’t magically convince 1 of the young superstars they drafted to play for half price, but them’s the breaks. The rest of you, go out and make it happen.

        And make sure it’s in a down year for one of the more popular markets where their superteams are starting to fall off a little. Then you’re golden.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Superstars win in every sport. The Red Sox last year had Jon Lester and David Ortiz. The Seahawks have Earl Thomas and Marshawn Lynch. The Kings have Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick and Drew Doughty.

  5. thraiderskin - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    The addition of Bledsoe would make the Bucks look very legitimate, I don’t know how you can argue the opposite.

  6. officialgame - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Love to see the Bucks go for it their fans deserve it.

  7. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    The only thing that worries me about Bledsoe is his knees, but if you are the bucks organization, you gotta roll the dice on somebody worthwhile.
    And Bledsoe is a HUGE upgrade from any backcourt that has a rotation that includes Fat Mayo. Too bad they swapped mayo for Ellis. A backcourt of Bledsoe/Ellis/knight would have been fun to watch.

  8. spliff219 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Suns are not letting this guy walk

  9. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Can the suns afford to keep dragic and Bledsoe?

  10. jadaruler - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Would love to see Kidd work with Bledsoe or Stephenson. He could teach both a lot.

  11. jadaruler - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Star do win titles, but they need at least a good team, coach and system.

    This is the only way outside of drafting that the Bucks can get better. You have to swing for the fences.

  12. spyder9669 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    The Suns can afford to keep Dragic, Bledsoe, Lebron and Melo. We got them BUCKS! Plus Dragic is under contract for only 7.5 mill.

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