There are really only two logical schools of thought when it comes to the Milwaukee Bucks at this point: either they have the worst and most incompetent front office in the history of human beings or they are absolutely trolling the NBA and their fan-base.
Over the past season and a half, the Bucks and their fans have had to suffer through watching Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis play basketball together. It’s basically been like the basketball scene in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” where Will and Carlton wrestle for the ball so they can take the last shot, only that’s been on a play-by-play basis in Milwaukee.
Now they are finally free of those contracts. Ellis has opted out of his contract and Jennings will become a free agent, meaning that the Bucks can free themselves of two gunners that aren’t going to lead an NBA team anywhere promising.
Here’s the thing, though: the Bucks are somehow fouling up moving on. Not only did they reportedly offer a contract extension to Ellis (he declined, thankfully for Milwaukee’s sake), but now they are reportedly interested in signing free agent J.R. Smith after he declined his option to stay with the New York Knicks.
Smith was an integral part of the Knicks success, but he was also one of their biggest Achilles’ heels. Smith is built from the same mold as Ellis and Jennings in the fact that he’s never seen a shot that he didn’t like and he could not care less about those silly things called shooting percentages.
The Bucks have an opportunity to go forward and build around a young, talented group of players like Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders and John Henson. You know what would terribly hinder the development of those guys: having Smith jacking up 25 shots per game and not passing the ball.
Smith is best suited on a playoff team that can afford to have a gunner coming off the bench. Needless to say, that’s not exactly the position that the Bucks are in at the moment. Though they seem to have no signs of doing so, the best advice that can be given to them is to stay far away from J.R. Smith.