Thursday , Sep , 20 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Milwaukee Matches Miami’s Offer To Charlie Bell, Where Does This Leave Bucks & Heat?

Four years later, Miami tried the same strategy with a pair of Milwaukee guards. Only this time it didn’t work. Mo Williams ignored Pat Riley’s text messages and re-signed with the Bucks. And Milwaukee matched the Heat’s offer sheet to Charlie Bell-even though he wasn’t interested in returning to Wisconsin …

The Associated Press reports on Milwaukee matching Miami’s offer sheet to Charlie Bell:

Against his wishes, the moved to keep on Thursday.

The Bucks confirmed they matched an offer sheet Bell signed with the Miami Heat for the restricted free agent guard, a five-year worth $18.5 million.

My Quick Take: Flashback to summer, 2003. was rebuilding. And they had their eyes on two of the L.A. Clippers restricted free agents: Elton Brand and Lamar Odom.

The Heat landed Odom by first tendering Brand an offer sheet. The Clipper matched the offer to Brand, but had no money left for Odom. The lanky forward spent one season in South Beach before heading west to the Lakers as part of the Shaquille O’Neal trade.

Four years later, Miami tried the same strategy with a pair of Milwaukee guards. Only this time it didn’t work. Mo Williams ignored Pat Riley’s text messages and re-signed with the Bucks. And Milwaukee matched the Heat’s offer sheet to Charlie Bell-even though he wasn’t interested in returning to Wisconsin.

Where does this leave both teams?

The Milwaukee Bucks:

With Bell back in the fold, the Bucks are much deeper. He’s a great third guard. And I do believe Bell will put his feelings for the organization aside and play hard.

Bell‘s minutes could get squeezed, though.  The Bucks are hoping Michael Redd can stay healthy for an entire season. And newcomers Desmond Mason and Royal Ivey will get some minutes at the guard spots.

The Miami Heat:

The Heat still have to upgrade their roster and find another scorer to complement Shaq and Dwyane Wade. Sacramento‘s Mike Bibby is an option.

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