By: SOB Spokesman Paul Henning
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The Milwaukee Bucks pulled off trade deadline deal that surprised fans and the basketball community by trading starting point guard and fan favorite Brandon Knight to the Suns and in return getting back 2014 Rookie of the Year point guard Michael Carter Williams from Philadelphia 76ers and PG Tyler Ennis and PF/C Miles Plumlee from Phoenix Suns.
This trade stunned not only fans but members of the national media who have been closely following Milwaukee’s Cinderella season led by new head coach Jason Kidd and the much improved play of the team led by Brandon Knight. Firmly entrenched in the Eastern Conference’s 6th spot with a chance to move up, many expected the Bucks to stand pat. But with Knight’s impending restricted free agency, it appears they made a move to get back assets instead of run the risk of losing him this summer to an offer sheet they did not feel like matching. Knight is widely expected to get a max contract offer from another team for his improved play this season and rising salary cap next season.
At face value, many fans are wondering ‘why’ or ‘how’ we could trade our starting point guard and risk ruining the chemistry right before we make a run at this years playoffs. Our owners know we are not winning the NBA championship this season. While the playoff run will certainly be enjoyable, we must look ahead and put down the foundation for a championship level caliber roster. That means making tough decisions. That means understanding your assets & their valuations. Buy low & sell high is a mantra in the financial world. A world in which Lasry & Edens attained their success. They sold high on Knight and bought low on longer term assets in MCW, Ennis & Plumlee who are all under contract for between 2-4 more seasons on rookie scale contracts. Continue Reading »
Why this website?
November 2014 Editors Note: As SaveOurBucks.com approaches its one-year anniversary, please view certain elements of this website as archival ones. Something that reflects the state of the franchise as it was situated back on November 18, 2013 when the site was launched. Obviously great things have happened for Bucks fans since last April and we hope it culminates with a new arena in the next few years.
For those of you interested in keeping up with our current articles on the team and new arena discussion, you can access those by clicking on the “Recent Articles” tab at the top of the site. We’ve got real-time commentary on a number of topics. You can also keep up with publication of new articles by either following us on Twitter at @SaveOurBucks or our Facebook page SaveOurBucks. For those that want to explore that former state of the franchise – read on!
We love the Milwaukee Bucks. They have been an important part of the sports and entertainment scene in Wisconsin for over 40 years. However there are pressures on the team for additional revenue sources that will necessitate the construction of a new arena in the coming years to help secure the future of the franchise in Milwaukee. In his recent visit to Milwaukee, incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver noted that the league will not allow the Bucks to remain in the Bradley Center past 2017. Senator Kohl and the Milwaukee community must step up to find a solution to this issue.
However, the solution of a new arena will be a tough sell for the politicians and business community until such point as the Bucks become relevant once again to the local sports scene. Unfortunately over the past decade the product on the court has been uninspiring and the result has been public apathy as to the future of the team. As the 2013 season kicked off, once again thousands of empty seats dotted the Bradley Center. Opening night for the Bucks used to be a major event and sellouts or near sellouts were commonplace. This year? After the Bucks announced that the new playing court would not be ready for the home opener the team ran a promotion whereby anyone who purchased an upper deck ticket to the season opener were also granted free tickets to every subsequent Bucks home game until the new floor can be reinstalled later this month. As with the Brewers in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the team can’t give away the product.
In order for the Bucks to regain their footing with the fans and the community they need to drastically improve the product on the court. As we have seen with the Packers in 1992 and the Brewers in 2004 moribund franchises can be turned around quickly. The Bucks can be a successful small market franchise both on the court and financially.
With this website, we address the following critical topics relating to the Bucks :
- How bad have the Bucks been recently?
- The problem isn’t the small market
- Why are we in this mess?
- How can the Bucks regain the prominence they had in the 1980’s?
- The Importance of a Top 5 pick
- Why is a top five pick in the 2014 draft essential to the Bucks Future in Milwaukee?
We encourage you to read each link above in chronological order. However, if you only have a few minutes, please at least read the Executive Summary.
We also encourage you to stop back to this website from time to time. We plan on having a regular feature where we will offer updates and commentary on developments surrounding the team and the discussion of a new arena.