It appears as though the Bucks are ruling out the possibility that they’d take Joel Embiid with the No. 2 overall pick, tweets Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry said during comments at a Milwaukee civic meeting today that word of Embiid’s injury makes the team’s decision much easier, as Gardner notes.
“It’s hard to take Embiid,” Lasry said, according to Gardner (Twitter link). “We want somebody who is going to help us on Day 1.”
The chances that Embiid would go to Milwaukee were already reportedly “slim to none,” so while Lasry didn’t make a surprising remark, he nonetheless seemed to confirm the slippage in the injured Kansas center’s draft stock. Lasry addressed a few more Bucks storylines, as we’ll detail here:
- Lasry indicated that the team would spend more on the roster, as Gardner passes along (Twitter link). Milwaukee’s team salary was nearly $54.23MM this past season, below the cap and fourth lowest in the NBA. That doesn’t count Drew Gooden‘s nearly $6.7MM amnestied salary.
- The Bucks are interviewing candidates for team president, Lasry said, as Mike Davis of the Journal Sentinel tweets. It’s unclear if the person in that position would deal mostly with financial affairs or would have authority over basketball operations. GM John Hammond‘s job is reportedly safe only through the draft.
- Lasry and fellow co-owner Wesley Edens will announce the addition of minority owners to the team next month, Gardner notes (on Twitter).