NBA Free Agency: John Salmons Opts Out Of Contract With Milwaukee Bucks

June 29th, 2010 by Jesse Motiff Leave a reply »
In a move that everyone expected, shooting guard John Salmons opted out of the final year of his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, becoming an unrestricted free agent. Salmons will now be free to negotiate with any NBA team once the free agency period begins on Thursday.

Salmons declined the $5.8 million he was due with the Bucks for the 2010-11 season. 

Many feel Salmons is destined for the Atlanta Hawks since Joe Johnson is most likely to leave via free agency as well. Bucks GM John Hammond has been adamant all offseason that he would very much like to see Salmons return to Milwaukee next season.

Salmons averaged 19.9 points a game with the Bucks after he was acquired in February from the Chicago Bulls. In his 30 games with Milwaukee, they went 22-8 with him in the lineup.

The Brewers traded for Chris Douglas-Roberts last week as a back-up option should they be unable to bring Salmons back to Milwaukee. Douglas-Roberts is among those that hope Salmons will be back in Milwaukee as well.

"If we play with each other, I'm going to learn a lot from him and I'm going to pick his brain," Douglas-Roberts said to ...

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