Source: Milwaukee to Re-Sign John Salmons
A source told FanHouse the deal is done except for a few minor points. Milwaukee general manager John Hammond had told FanHouse very early Thursday morning he had "guarded'' optimism that Salmons would re-sign.
The source said the deal, which Salmons can't sign until July 8, will be for five years for $39 million, with bonuses that could push it to $44 million. The fifth year, though, will be partially guaranteed, with that being one of the things still being worked out.
"That's good money,'' said the source, speaking of Salmons, who opted out of a contract that would have paid him $5.81 million next season.
Salmons was acquired last February from Chicago. After Salmons suited up, the Bucks went 22-8 and the move was a key reason Hammond was named NBA Executive of the Year. Milwaukee, despite being without injured starting center Andrew Bogut, took Atlanta to Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs before falling.
After averaging 12.7 points at the time of the trade, Salmons averaged 19.9 in 30 Milwaukee games to finish the season at 15.4.