No real surprise here, we’ve been expecting this for a couple months, but now it is official:
John Salmons is going to opt out and test the free agent market. That’s what the Bucks general manager told FanHouse’s Chris Tomasson.
“He’s given us indications that he will opt out,” Milwaukee general manager John Hammond, named NBA Executive of Year in part because of last February’s acquisition of Salmons from Chicago, said in an interview Tuesday with FanHouse…
“He plans to do it (the paperwork to opt out) on the last day (June 30),” Hammond said. “So we can continue to have discussions.’..’
“We’d love to have him back,” Hammond said of Salmons, whose Bucks went 20-8 after the guard first played following his February acquisition from the Bulls. “And he knows it.”
But there are a lot of teams that will have interest in Salmons, a quality two-way two guard who may not be elite but is just a notch below. Combined with a good point guard in both Milwaukee and Chicago, Salmons put up god numbers and helped lead a team to the playoffs.
This move, however, will mean the end of the annual tradition of Salmons being traded right before the deadline to a team fighting for a playoff spot. Disappointing. Kind of like telling a kid there is no Santa.