The Milwaukee Bucks have certainly been shrouded in a multitude of turmoil during the 2013-14 NBA season. The team was constructed to try and compete for a spot in the postseason in the weak Eastern Conference, but they have instead been the worst team in the league this year. They’ve performed poorly enough that even the Philadelphia 76ers’ 26-game losing streak didn’t put them below Milwaukee.
With the Bucks in a rut and dealing with a complex decision regarding center Larry Sanders going forward, this team is clearly in need of having things shaken up. According to some rumblings around the league, a major shake-up may be on the very near horizon.
Bill Simmons of Grantland and ESPN NBA Countdown fame recently tweeted that he had been hearing talks that Bucks owner Herb Kohl has been in talks about a potential sale of the franchise and that the league has been quietly helping him shop the team. Simmons also added that the potential buyers in the sale of the team were not from Seattle and that he hoped the team would stay in Milwaukee.
Assuming that the team would be bought by an ownership group that would keep the organization in Milwaukee, a sale of the team could be exactly what’s needed. A new regime could be the best thing for the Bucks because of the change it could bring. The blueprint for this situation undoubtedly is the ongoing situation with the Sacramento Kings.
When the Kings were sold last season, a new front office and coaching regime were brought into Sacramento as well. Over the course of this season, they have overhauled their roster to rid themselves of bad moves made by the previous front office and owners and to have the ability to build and move forward. Things are looking up in Sacramento.
The same situation could very well take place with a sale of the team in Milwaukee. Kohl is hardly as toxic as the Maloofs were with the Kings, but there’s no denying that a change is needed with the Bucks. If they can bring in an owner with a vision and plan to turn things around, things could start to happen quickly. There’s no sale yet, but it could be exactly what this team needs to climb out of the mire in the future. Their high-lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft won’t hurt either.