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Hammond and Kidd both agreed on the Bucks’ primary need before they hit the court again in fall training camp: shooters. It’s a desperate need and one the team will try to address in free agency or through trades and the draft.
“Unfortunately it just never got there,” Kidd said. “We had to go in the paint. We had to score the ball. In today’s game, two is not going to beat three. The three is so important. We didn’t have enough guys that could make the three.”
“Novak is a guy we thought was going to help in that department,” Kidd said. “Hopefully we can re-sign him. We liked what he did briefly on the floor, but we also enjoyed what he did for us off the floor, even being hurt. That’s what a vet does. We would all love to have him back. That kind of threat is what we need as a team to have any kind of success.”
That optimism extended to the team and the role of coach Jason Kidd, who will be entering the final year of his three-year, $15 million contract next season. “There’s no question, from our standpoint the team underperformed this year,” Edens said. “But in terms of the development of the team, you couldn’t be more optimistic about it. “We’ve said from the outset, our goal is not to be a contender. Our goal is to win a championship. Period. I said when we first addressed our business group, ‘If there’s anybody in the group that doesn’t think winning a championship is a reasonable thing, you should just leave the organization.’ “That’s not consistent with how we view it. And that hasn’t changed one bit.”