JJ Redick joins the Bucks; GM pushes 'win now'

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: February 22, 2013
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Redick is making $6.3 million this year and will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Ellis can also become a free agent should he not exercise an $11 million player option and Jennings' rookie contract expires at the end of the season, making him a restricted free agent.

The Bucks have enough room under the cap to purse all three, Hammond said.

"He'll have a chance to get to know us, we'll have a chance to get to know him and that does play into it," Hammond said. "We have other players that could be, will be free agents this upcoming summer. The great thing is we're in a position where we can address issues like that. We have no financial restrictions as we move forward in that regard. We're going to be under the cap, we could be significantly under the cap."

Milwaukee was mentioned in several trade scenarios, including possible deals including Ellis or Jennings.

"Everybody's name was being thrown out there," Jennings said. "I really thought we were going to get Josh Smith. Just the fact the trade talks said he wanted to play in Milwaukee and things like that. It didn't happen, so we have to see Josh Smith tomorrow."

Hammond dismissed the speculation.

"There was never a true offer on the table from Atlanta," he said. "They never said this is exactly what it will take to get a deal done, but we just continued to negotiate, talk and exchange ideas until the very last moment. It was a possibility."

Parting with Harris and Lamb — Milwaukee's first and second round choices over the last two years — was not an easy decision. The team was high on Harris, the 19th overall pick in 2011 after just one season at Tennessee, but his minutes dwindled after Boylan took over. Lamb was the Bucks' second-rounder out of Kentucky last summer and has seen limited action while making two stints in the D-League.

"Both are really good guys and both are guys that I think have a chance to be in this league for a long time," Hammond said. "You do look up and you don't know what it's going to look like in a few years. But his is kind of more about trying to win now."

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