Dave Babcock Rumors
Babcock said Bucks staff members have seen the top prospects — Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Embiid, Julius Randle and a few more — at least 15 to 20 times in person. “Except for (Dante) Exum,” Babcock said of the Australian point guard. “He’s the only one. He’s been very limited. I saw him last summer for a week; he was at the (Nike) Hoop Summit game (last year) and there was a summer thing two years ago I saw him.” Exum played in the FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Prague last summer and the Australians finished fourth. The U.S. team led by Smart and Aaron Gordon won the title.
“It’s going to limit us to maybe five or six guys there (in the first round), and then we have 31, 36 and 48,” Babcock said. “So a lot of those players in between are saying, ‘We’re not coming in there, because we don’t think we’ll be at 31.’ You know how that goes.”
Babcock said agents for the top players will wait until the lottery results to determine their moves. “If we’re No. 1, we will get anybody we want in,” Babcock said. “If we’re No. 4, there will be a couple guys that say, ‘No, we don’t want to come.’ I’m sure of that. But we’ll see how it goes.”
Bucks vice president of player personnel Dave Babcock said the Bucks should have an intriguing summer league team in Las Vegas. The plan is for second-year players Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nate Wolters to play on the squad, and the Bucks’ draft picks also should be there. “In the summer, you can put them (Antetokounmpo and Wolters) in positions they weren’t in last year,” Babcock said. “Giannis can be the focal point of the offense, and Nate can run the show. It’s a lot different.”
Bucks director of player personnel Dave Babcock said he first saw Raduljica play at age 18 for a club team (FMP) from the player’s hometown of Belgrade. “He’s a very skilled big man, very knowledgeable,” Babcock said. “OK athlete, strong, tough. He’s played in Berlin, Efes Pilsen in Turkey.”
While Jeff Weltman is still the Bucks assistant general manager, he is expected to take on a similar job for the Toronto Raptors this summer, perhaps as soon as the beginning of next month. Dave Babcock, a long-time Bucks official who is the team’s scouting director, would appear to be a serious candidate to replace Weltman.