Bucks need answers in free agency


by Andrew Coughlin

Free agent guard O.J. Mayo could be a viable option for a Bucks team that is laughably thin in their backcourt.

A few days into free agency and the Bucks are finding they have more questions than answers. The pool of available players is shrinking, especially on the guard front where the Bucks are most desperate.

Milwaukee has lost G/F Mike Dunleavy to the Chicago Bulls and G J.J. Reddick in a three-way trade to the Los Angeles Clippers.  Reddick was as good as gone, but replacing Dunleavy, who has been a nice surprise in the sixth man role for the past two seasons, has to put more pressure on an already busy front office.

The Bucks were lucky to get anything at all for Reddick after only four months with the team.  Milwaukee acquired him in a trade with Orlando that sent former first-round pick Tobias Harris to the Magic.  Reddick was apparently Plan B after the Bucks failed to nab Josh Smith from the Hawks.

Milwaukee is currently over $20 million under the salary cap and still have question marks at starting PG and starting SG.  Fans should expect resolutions in this free agent class or via trade because the 2014 free agent class is slim pickings at the guard position.

The Bucks have reportedly been speaking to SG O.J. Mayo about a possible multi-year contract.  Milwaukee needs a scorer and the former No. 3 overall pick would be the main shooter if he indeed signed here.  I think it would be a good fit for them on the court as many guards are dropping off the list of free agents. 

Off the court, however, this could possibly be a very bad idea for him and the Marquette Golden Eagles.  I hate to insinuate here, but Todd Mayo is his younger brother and will be an important piece for Buzz Williams team next season.

I know if I were in college and my brother was a millionaire living in the city I went to school, there'd be a good chance that many opportunities for making questionable decisions would arise.

I'm just saying.

Here's a list of some available guards left on the free agent market, which is shrinking fast:

Point Guards

Aaron Brooks

Devin Harris

Darren Collison

Jarrett Jack

Chauncy Billups

D.J. Augustine

Sebastian Telfair

Mo Williams

Randy Foye

Leandro Barbosa

Derek Fisher

Shaun Livingston

Mike James

Will Bynum

Jose Calderon

Jannero Pargo

Shooting Guards

O.J. Mayo

Dahntay Jones

Keith Bogans

Marco Belinelli

Daequon Cook

Nate Robinson

Daniel Gibson

Francisco Garcia

Mario Chalmers

Nick Young


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