The new additions provide talent in the backcourt around Jennings and backup Keyon Dooling.
Udrih can play either guard position and is a career 35.8 percent shooter from 3-point range. Jackson can play shooting guard or small forward and is considered an upgrade over Salmons, who is headed to the Kings. Livingston provides depth.
The biggest name was the player Milwaukee won’t get when they picked Fredette for Sacramento. Fredette is the type of eye-popping scorer the Bucks could use after averaging 28.9 points his senior season at BYU and winning nearly every collegiate national player of the year honor.
It’s similar to what happened in the 1998 draft when Milwaukee selected Dirk Nowitzki ninth overall, but had already agreed to trade his rights and those of the 19th pick, Pat Garrity, for Robert “Tractor” Traylor, who was the sixth selection of the draft.
Nowitzki went on to be a star and eventual NBA champion this year with the Mavericks. Traylor lasted just parts of two seasons in Milwaukee before being traded and started just 73 games over seven seasons before his NBA career ended.
Milwaukee still has a need down low to help former No. 1 pick Andrew Bogut even with the additions of Leuer and Harris. The Bucks hope power forward Drew Gooden will be healthy again after missing half of last season with plantar fasciitis.
After that, Milwaukee has a group of undersized forwards that includes Ersan Ilyasova, Jon Brockman, Carlos Delfino and Larry Sanders. The Bucks also made a qualifying offer this week to defensive specialist Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to give them the option to match any contract offers the third-year player might receive.
For the fourth straight year, the Bucks made a big splash before the draft.
In 2008, Hammond dealt Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons for Richard Jefferson. In 2009, Jefferson departed for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas and Amir Johnson. Last year, Hammond traded Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Bell for Maggette.
Now Maggette is gone, too, after being hurt early and failing to find consistent minutes or a role in Milwaukee, in an exchange of contracts for Jackson, an explosive scorer with a volatile personality.
“We don’t want to do this every year,” Hammond said of the constant trades. “Maybe some people say we need to have more patience. That could be a little part of it, but look, we want to win and we want to win consistently.”
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