In an attempt to get bigger and more experienced, it’s more than likely the Milwaukee Bucks will go after an expensive center this offseason, with Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets or Tyson Chandler from the Dallas Mavericks their favorite targets.
The Bucks have a very good defense on the perimeter but it’s a team that struggles shooting the ball and rebounding, not to mention playing a lot of small ball due to the lack of an even reasonable center most of the time. While the league is more and more about playing with smaller lineups, having a presence in the paint doesn’t hurt, which made the Bucks clear plenty of cap space in order to make a signing that can propel them even further next season.
In what feels like what the Hornets (then the Bobcats) did to sign Al Jefferson, the Bucks are hoping to turn a young and athletic team into a more serious threat. Even though they gave the Chicago Bulls more problems than anyone expected in the first round playoff series, Jason Kidd knows that developing his current crop of talent isn’t enough at the moment.
So they traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Detroit Pistons for Caron Butler and Shawne Williams to clear cap space, which puts them in the running for Lopez, who isn’t much of a defensive presence but is one of the better post players on offense in this league, while Chandler, although declining, is still a very good rim protector and has the championship-know how from his years in Dallas. Jason Kidd was a teammate of Chandler’s in Dallas and New York. He coached Lopez for one year in Brooklyn.