NBA Roundtable

Milwaukee Trade For Maggette

In Trade Talk on June 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm

JSOnline reports

The Bucks are in the process of completing a trade late Tuesday afternoon to acquire forward Corey Maggette from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for guard Charlie Bell and center Dan Gadzuric, according to basketball sources.

The 30-year-old Maggette was a high-scoring small forward and sometimes the sixth man for the Warriors, averaging 19.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in Golden State’s high-octane offense.

Maggette played in 70 games last season, including 49 starts, and shot 51.6% from the field and 83.5% at the free throw line.

The Bucks are taking on salary in the deal as Maggette is owed nearly $31 million over the next three seasons.

Update: Chad Ford reports that a second round pick has also been included

Bucks also get 44th pick (the one Portland just traded them) in the deal. Saves GS about $15 million. Salmons unlikely to return to Mil.

A nice bonus for the Bucks but it doesn’t change the balance of the trade.

Players Involved

Dan Gadzuric = A low level bench player. A non-rotation player. An expiring contract who is grossly overpaid for the next 12 months.

Charlie Bell = Owed almost $8 million over the next two years. Another low level reserve who is ideally not a rotation player.

Corey Maggette = An impact player. An uber-efficient 20ppg scorer and solid rebounder. A poor defender but capable of playing serviceable defense.

Trade Outlook

Golden State

The Warriors made an excellent trade. They cut a lot of salary and put themselves in a position to be a player in next year’s free agency, a big player if they move another contract. Maggette was too old, too limited, and didn’t fit into the Warriors future. It was the right move.

Milwaukee

The Bucks have one of the better defensive teams in the league and are a solid rebounding squad. Unfortunately, they are a weak offensive club that over-relies on perimeter shooting.

Adding an offensive weapon of Maggette’s abilities will make the Bucks a stronger team.

Especially if they lose John Salmons who has opted out of his contract.

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