NBA Roundtable

Warrick Joins Bucks

In Free Agency on July 31, 2009 at 2:10 pm

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports

Hakim Warrick, an athletic 6-foot-9 forward who played the past four seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, has reached agreement with the Bucks on a one-year deal, sources indicated Friday.

Warrick averaged 11.6 points and 5.0 rebounds while appearing in all 82 games for the Grizzlies last season, primarily in a bench role.

Warrick is able to play both the small forward and power forward positions and should have an opportunity to start for the Bucks, who have lost Richard Jefferson (in a trade) and Charlie Villanueva (to free agency) this summer

Thoughts

Strange signing considering the Bucks just added Amir Johnson and Ersan Ilyasova, while keeping Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Joel Alexander.

There doesn’t seem like a lot of power forward minutes available for Warrick, but the Bucks may be considering using him more as a three or some of the others as small forwards.

Cap Situation + Ramon Sessions

The Bucks had $64 million tied up in 14 players (assuming they waive Bowen + Weems) prior to Hakim Warrick signing.

They still need to sign Ramon Sessions to a contract, with him possibly getting an MLE deal ($5.85 million) from someone else. The complication being the Bucks attempts to stay below the luxury tax threshold ($69.9 million) at the same time.

Hakim Warrick turned down an LLE offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers so he probably got more than $2 million from the Bucks. My guess would be $3 million. That would leave the Bucks only $3 million or so below the luxury tax line, which puts a shadow of doubt over the Ramon Sessions situation.

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