Dave Babcock Rumors
If there is anyone in the Milwaukee Bucks’ basketball operations who should be dubbed “Mr. Buck,’’ it’s Dave Babcock. Babcock has been with the organization for two decades and has exhibited unfailing loyalty, having passed on several offers from other teams over the years. During his 20-year tenure with the Bucks, Babcock has had several titles, most recently vice president of player personnel. However, sources said Babcock was recently stripped of the title by the Bucks hierarchy and is now a regional scout for the NBA team. He and wife, Dori, are expected to move to Arizona.
Babcock’s reassignment shocked many in the NBA community. “I don’t know why they would do that; that’s a mistake,’’ a veteran Eastern Conference official said. “Dave’s an excellent talent evaluator, one of the best, hard-working, conscientious. He was really good at his job.’’ Added a Western Conference official: “This doesn’t make any sense. Dave’s a very good basketball guy; he knows our league as well as anyone.’’
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.”
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.”
“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 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.