THREE MAJOR MOVES
BY THE STATE'S THREE MAJOR PRO TEAMS
June is supposed to be the quiet time for sports...but that theory, shattered like a plate glass window hit by a hammer this week.
First up...the Bucks trade Richard Jefferson to the Spurs for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto ...and then send Oberto the Pistons for Amir Johnson. If you didn't figure it out, it's a salary dump. Senator Kohl was at the Bucks Training Center on Monday...I guarantee it didn't go down without his approval.
It will save the Bucks roughly $15 million next season...Bowen will likely not play in a Bucks uniform...and it at least gives the team hope that they can re-sign Ramon Sessions (I think Charlie Villanueva is long gone no matter what.)
And I love it. Why keep putting band-aids on a financial boo boo? Fans won't want to hear it, but this team needs to take a step back in the salary cap department, before taking a step forward on the court. Which means more rebuilding for a couple of years...but this team was a 40 win squad at best.
Next up...the Packers agreeing to terms with Greg Jennings. A 3-year deal that could be worth around 16 million in guarantees, and worth around 27 million total. A very fair deal for one of the top receivers in the NFL...who signs before the salary structure goes away, and the game potentially shuts down for a labor stoppage.
And finally, Dave Bush goes on the DL for the first time. So Brewer fans get Mike Burns on Thursday. Starter TBA on Saturday. And four starts in Burns spot, and 3 in the TBA spot until the All-Star break. And since GM Doug Melvin told me nobody's wanting to trade right now, wants improvement from within and says he's reluctant to deal prospects again....this could get long and ugly, like the current heat...
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