Monday, August 17, 2009

Farewell, Amir Johnson

Amir Johnson, we hardly knew thee. Just a few short months after the Bucks traded for the former Pistons forward, they are sending him packing to Toronto for SF Carlos Delfino and PG Roko Ukic. Recently acquired PG Sonny Weems will be included in the deal as well.

With the addition of Hakim Warrick, the trade makes sense, although the guys we got back aren't anything special. Still, I really like Amir Johnson and how he plays, and I was looking forward to him in a Bucks uniform this season. He played very well in Vegas this summer, averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

What this trade once again proves is that John Hammond is clearly never happy with his roster. Sure, these aren't blockbuster type deals, but the guy is always looking to improve his roster whether it be on the court on in the checkbook. That's a trait you want in your General Manager, unless he's completely inept the way Shakes Harris was.

This means Amir Johnson joins Salim Stoudamire (as well as Weems and Bruce Bowen) as guys Hammond has acquired and then let go within this offseason. I know Stoudamire signed before the end of last season, but he never saw any floor time and the design was to hold him off until this year anyways, so I included him.

In a way, it's almost as if Amir Johnson was brought in solely to play with the Bucks in Vegas this summer. Maybe Hammond is trying to win in Sin City as much as he is during the regular season. I know that's one of the more ridiculous things I've ever written but what our general manager is proving is that, with John Hammond, you just never know.

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