By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on April 20, 2014
The Milwaukee Bucks posted the worst season in franchise history. For that reason, there’s plenty of room for improvement. To say that there are only five questions that must be answered this offseason in order for the Bucks to get back on the right track would be a massive understatement. Nonetheless, here are the five that have to be answered before the team can move forward to next season.
The Bucks were purchased by billionaire hedge fund managers Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens. At this point, it’s fair game for what they decide to do with the team. The first assumption is that they will bring in their own general manager, which means John Hammond is most likely out of a job. The risk of brining in a new GM is that Milwaukee will most likely have the No. 1 overall selection, a pick that will bring a lot of pressure.
If Hammond miraculously keeps his job then that means Larry Drew and his coaching staff are safe. Even if with a new GM, I still have to imagine that Drew gets another shot. The reality is Drew and his coaches are very capable of leading a team to greatness. The issue this past season was a lack of team chemistry, which was due to so many new pieces. That can’t be blamed solely on Drew.
A team that finishes the season with 15 wins means that almost every player is expendable. Sure, there a couple that will remain safe no matter what, but most of the players could be playing for a new team next season. It will be interesting to see what roster moves are made to accommodate the handful of draft picks the Bucks will have this year.
The Bucks made more moves in free agency last season than anyone could have expected. It was admirable that Milwaukee didn’t want to go down without a fight in what was an assumed rebuilding year, but unfortunately, the numerous roster moves didn’t make a difference. It’s hard to imagine the Bucks making any moves in free agency this offseason, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
All signs point to the Bucks getting the No. 1 overall pick. The good news for them is that they will have an assortment of quality players to choose from. The bad news is that player better be a game changer otherwise Milwaukee is going to continue their downward spiral. It’s an opportunity to get the fan base back, one that can’t be wasted. Andrew Wiggins is the obvious pick. Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid are worth a look.
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