Veteran Leadership Needed; Bucks Brass Meets With Carlos Boozer

Veteran Leadership Needed; Bucks Brass Meets With Carlos Boozer

According to Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania, the Milwaukee Bucks and free-agent forward Carlos Boozer held informal talks about a potential deal.

The talks took place in Los Angeles where the Bucks played back-to-back games against the LA Lakers and LA Clippers. Sources told Charania that the meeting, attended by Bucks coach Jason Kidd and general manager John Hammond, was positive.

Boozer is a two-time NBA All-Star who last played for the Lakers. He has previously played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls. He has career averages of 16.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game.

The timing of the meeting is not coincidental considering Bucks center Greg Monroe is sidelined with a sprained MCL in his right knee, John Henson’s inconsistent season to date, and the tumultuous few days the organization has experienced.

The Bucks had back-to-back double-digit losses to the Lakers and Clippers with poor rebounding and passive offense playing a large part - all after the Bucks stopped the streaking Golden State Warriors at home more than a week ago.

After losing to the 5-25 Lakers, TMZ pictured O.J. Mayo, Greg Monroe, Miles Plumlee, and Khris Middleton at a strip club at 2 a.m. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Charles F. Gardner, Kidd questioned the professionalism of some of his players.

The following night the Bucks put in a slightly better performance in a 103-90 loss to the Clippers. Still, the story of the night was Giannis Antetokounmpo being benched.

According to ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, sources from within the team indicated that a few staff members and players were unhappy (skip to minute 40:58) with Giannis’ perceived selfishness on offense, which directly led to the "Greek Freak's" benching – a somewhat baffling piece of information as highlighted Brewhoop’s Frank Madden.

The Bucks lack of veteran leadership may have something to do with the on-goings this past week.

Boozer, at age 34 and with 13 NBA seasons under his belt, would provide veteran leadership in a locker room that is void of any after the offseason departures of Jared Dudley and Zaza Pachulia.

Boozer averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season with the Lakers. If he were to sign with the Bucks, and that’s a big “if” right now, his locker room presence would be more valuable than any box score stats he filled out.