Welp all I have to say about Samuel Dalembert is that he better get working on his trick shots because while we may have nothing to show for the last two years in terms of playoff appearances and championships, we have MORE than made up for in viral trick shot videos*.
In any case the news out of Milwaukee yesterday was that John Hammond made a pre-draft trade for the 5th consecutive year. After all it worked out so well with Corey Maggette and Stephen Jackson why not give it another go? Seriously this is like our Masters' 'tradition like any other,' trading crap for crap before the draft. I can't imagine the rush of calls our season ticket department got after the news got out. Samuel Dalembert! Get me courtside! I guess we come out slightly ahead here in that we get a big guy for the middle and get rid of two guys (Livingston, Brockman) who were end of the bench guys at best. But you also get rid of Leuer who looked promising and was a feel-good local kid done right story. Now I don't think Leuer is going to go on to be an all star somewhere else but I also know that Samuel Dalembert isn't going to be getting his ring finger sized up anytime soon either. Essentially you get a poor man's Dikembe Mutombo who can get some rebounds and block some shots but little else. Plus he's 31 years old. Not a ton of upside. At this point if you're John Hammond you're just praying that Epke Udoh and Larry Sanders come back from the summer having put on some muscle and lost some clumsiness. Like when Winnie Cooper came back that one summer and turned from a geek to a smokeshow.
So I guess you solve the big man problem (?) and can focus on a guard with some size at #14. Would love to see Austin Rivers fall but my guess is he'll be gone at that point. Not that I expect this franchise to be able to handle their pick correctly anyway (see Jianlian, Yi; Alexander, Joe; Haislip, Marcus; Fortson, Danny......this could go on for pages). But maybe we'll get lucky and Dalembert will be revitalized, we'll hit on our pick at 14 and make a mad dash for the #7 seed!
*I'd be more impressed if Brockman shot a video making 10 free throws in a row.
PS: If the Bucks were a business card I bet they'd be made of strathmore stock. 60 pound. Holds a crease. Can you tear it? Absolutely. Looks like crap. It is crap.