Bucks sign Hakim Warrick

Yesterday, I wrote extensively about this move, and his agent, Bill Duffy, announced the trade earlier today.

Here is what TrueHoop has to say…

The Bucks may win the award for saying goodbye to the most talent this summer, but they are certainly stocking the cupboard with a big selection of active and long young forwards. Presumably at least some of them will buy in to Scott Skiles’ intense approach to the game. With Brandon Jennings at point guard, the Bucks are shaping up to be one of those high-energy teams that will be fun to watch whether they win or lose.

Frank Madden of BrewHoop had this to say…

The most important takeaway here is that the Bucks blew a huge chunk of their remaining dollars with this deal, seemingly begging the Knicks to make a move for Sessions. While Warrick’s not going to fundamentally alter the course of the Bucks’ future, he’s a very useful guy who could start at PF…plus I like anyone who Kelly Dwyer approves of. Warrick’s made a living putting up good numbers as a part-time starter for forgettable Grizzlies teams, so he’ll probably perform similarly for a very young Bucks team. He’s always been labeled a tweener and was kicked to the curb in Memphis, but his raw numbers last year were pretty encouraging: a 19.4/16.5 PER differential at PF as the Grizz were better offensively and defensively with him on the court.

Ramon Sessions was expected by everyone to finally get his contract offer from the Knicks today…so of course it didn’t happen. Marc Stein reports the Knicks will make an offer soon, and the Warrick deal should finally give them the assurances they need that the Bucks won’t match a long-term offer sheet. Given the desirability of starting for Mike D’Antoni, Donnie Walsh knew Sessions would be willing to wait for a Knicks offer and essentially outwaited the Bucks, who had been keeping enough cash available under the tax to maintain a credible enough threat to re-sign their young point guard. But apparently the opportunity to sign Warrick was appealing enough to give up the charade. Even assuming Warrick comes in at $3 million even, the Bucks would have $67.583 million committed to 14 players, leaving just $2.337 million to re-sign Sessions while staying under the tax. Sure, the Bucks could match an offer and then try to wheel and deal to get under the tax by the end of the season, but the Bucks don’t seem all that interested in Sessions now that Brandon Jennings is in town.

The Bucks may not seem all that interested in Sessions, but they should be. If he winds up as the Knicks’ starting point guard, his numbers are going to blow up.

Like I said yesterday, I don’t mind the Warrick signing, but if it means the Bucks can’t keep Sessions, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Why give up a starting caliber point guard for a backup power forward?

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