|The Bucks are open to trading Bogut? (Getty Images)|
And now both Bogut and the Bucks might be open to parting ways. Via ESPN.com:
NBA front-office sources say that the Bucks, who have always swatted away trade inquiries for Bogut in the past, are now listening to pitches for the 7-foot Australian, who is said to be intrigued by the prospect of a fresh start elsewhere after more than two years of injury misfortune and teamwide tension under coach Scott Skiles over the past two disappointing seasons.Bogut and his agent aren't exactly refuting that either.
This development, though, comes with a crucial caveat:
Sources say that the Bucks, at least for the moment, are insisting that any team that trades for Bogut take on the disgruntled Stephen Jackson as part of the trade.
"In today's business, the best player in the world has changed teams already, LeBron James. He's changed teams, not a trade," Bogut told the Journal Sentinel. "Seven years (with the Bucks). It could work for us to part ways or it could work for us to stay together. I'll make it a positive either way."
And his agent, David Bauman: "There's a lot of teams interested in calling [Bucks GM] John Hammond," Bauman said. "I don't know what they (the Bucks) will end up doing."
Bogut suffered a broken left ankle in late January and likely will miss the remainder of the regular season. His timetable had him out 8-12 weeks, so it's unlikely he'd be able to contribute to a new team this season. Bogut is signed through 2014 though.
If a Bogut trade must include Stephen Jackson, I wouldn't count on it happening. As Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported Friday, teams aren't exactly interested in Captain Jack. So a Bogut deal might be a bit unlikely.
Still, the fact the franchise and their franchise player appear to be at a bit of a crossroads is big. The Bucks seem to be stuck in neutral and his injury issues certainly haven't helped that. The asking price is going to be high for him, but if the Bucks can get ample return, a parting of the ways might be worthwhile for both sides.