Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review of Bucks/Rockets 2012 NBA Draft Day Eve Trade

For the second year in a row Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond made a trade on the eve of the draft.  Last year the Bucks pulled off a three team trade on the day of the draft.

This year the Bucks pulled off a two team trade the day before the draft.  The Bucks traded Jon Brockman, Jon Leuer, Shaun Livingston, and the 12th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft to the Houston Rockets for Samuel Dalembert, the 14th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, a future second round pick, and cash considerations.

Despite giving up three players and only taking back one, the Bucks added roughly $1.5 million (that might be covered by the "cash considerations" of the trade) in salary for next season in the trade presuming that the Bucks exercise their $6.7 million team option for Dalembert for next season.  The Rockets could gain a fair amount of cap space by declining their $3.5 million team option for Livingston for next season while only being on the hook for less than $2 million dollars for Brockman ($1 million) and Leuer ($800,000) for next season.

The Bucks were clearly targeting a center in the 2012 NBA Draft.  Well now they have one, unfortunately Dalembert is 31-years-old instead of 21-years-old.

For a quick background on Dalembert, he was drafted 26th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 NBA Draft.  Dalembert is 6'11" and usually averages a "Double High-Single" as I like to call it.  A Double High-Single means a player usually averages more than five but less than 10 points and 10 rebounds a game.  That player rarely puts up huge games (i.e. 20 points and 14 rebounds) but also rarely puts up a stink bomb (i.e. 4 points and 3 rebounds).  Finally Dalembert finished 10th in the league last year with 1.7 blocks a game and has averaged 1.9 blocks for his career.

I don't mind the trade although I am a sucker for feel good stories like Livingston so I am sad to see him go despite his production diminishing as last season dragged on.  Plus it looks like I can technically claim victory on dangling Brockman for a second round pick...thanks for reading my advice Mr. Hammond.

I guarantee the sticking point of the trade was including Leuer.  I am on record right before as well as right after the 2011 NBA Draft saying that Leuer will be a solid rotation guy in the NBA.  With one year under his belt, Leuer looks on his way to fulfilling those expectations.

Before the trade the Rockets held the 14th, 16th, and 18th picks in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft.  My guess is that the Rockets offered the 18th pick instead of the 14th pick in return unless Leuer was included.  Although the 2012 NBA Draft is a deep draft, I am guessing (like my speculation on top of speculation when I have no inside information) that the Bucks did not want to move out of the lottery so they relented and included Leuer in order to get the 14th pick instead of the 18th pick in return.

One final point.  I never like being on the other side of a trade with Houston Rocket's general manager Daryl Morey aka Dork Elvis as Bill Simmons calls him.  Although this trade seems like a good one on paper, Morey is always looking two steps ahead while Hammond always feels like he is dealing with the present catastrophe instead of looking two steps ahead.

Check back later tonight for my post on the players that the Bucks should target with the 14th pick instead of the 12th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Related Posts:
- Wednesday What (Might) Happen - 2012 NBA Draft Second Round Preview for the Bucks
- Wednesday What (Should) Happen - Advice for John Hammond

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