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Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins Most Improved Player

Jun 26, 2017 10:19 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the Most Improved Player of the 16-17 season.

Rudy Gobert and Nikola Jokic were the other two finalists for the award.

Antetokounmpo averaged 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in his fourth season in the NBA.

Antetokounmpo also was an All-NBA Second Team selection and made his first All-Star Game.

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Malcolm Brogdon Wins Rookie Of The Year

Jun 26, 2017 9:16 PM

Malcolm Brogdon has been named 16-17 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Joel Embiid and Dario Saric were the other two finalists for the award.

Brogdon was a second round pick out of Virginia. In his rookie season, Brogdon averaged 10.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 26.4 minutes per game with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Brogdon received 64 first place votes, 30 second place votes and four third place votes for 414 total points. Saric finished second with 266 total points (13 first place votes) while Embiid finished third with 177 total points (23 first place votes).

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Spencer Hawes Exercises $6M Player Option With Bucks

Jun 26, 2017 8:26 PM

Spencer Hawes will exercise his player option worth $6 million with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 17-18 season.

The Bucks acquired Hawes from the Charlotte Hornets in a trade for Miles Plumlee. Hawes averaged 44 points and 2.4 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game after joining the Bucks.

Hawes will now become a free agent in 2018. Hawes is entering the final season of a four-year, $23 million deal he agreed upon with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014.

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Greg Monroe To Exercise $17.9M Player Option With Bucks

Jun 21, 2017 10:38 AM

Greg Monroe will exercise his $17.9 million player option for the 17-18 season with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Monroe averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 81 games for the Bucks this past season. 

Monroe signed a three-year, $50 million contract with Milwaukee in 2015.

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Justin Zanik Emerges As Candidate For Cavaliers GM Job Under Billups

Jun 19, 2017 10:13 PM

Justin Zanik will not remain with the Milwaukee Bucks after they decided to hire Jon Horst as general manager.

Zanik was expected to become general manager of the Bucks but Wesley Edens reportedly did not sign off on the hire.

Zanik has emerged as a candidate to join the Cleveland Cavaliers if they hire Chauncey Billups as president of basketball operations.

The Cavaliers parted ways with David Griffin on Monday.

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Bucks To Hire Jon Horst As General Manager

Jun 16, 2017 10:42 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks will hire Jon Horst as general manager

The Bucks had narrowed their list down to Justin Zanik and Arturas Karnisovas. Karnisovas was given a promotion to stay with the Denver Nuggets.

Zanik had the support of Marc Lasry and Jason Kidd but he was unable to receive a full consensus.

Horst will replace John Hammond as general manager. Horst followed Hammond from the Detroit Pistons to the Bucks in 2008.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Could Sign $10M Per Year Shoe Deal

Jun 11, 2017 12:21 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to sign a new shoe deal this summer.

Antetokounmpo is the most coveted sneaker free agent this summer and he could command a deal that pays at least $8 million annually and potentially over $10 million.

Antetokounmpo is currently signed with Nike.

Antetokounmpo was a Second Team All-NBA selection this season.

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Bucks Have Justin Zanik, Wes Wilcox, Arturas Karnisovas As GM Finalists

Jun 7, 2017 10:27 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have narrowed their general manager search to three candidates.

Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas, Atlanta Hawks ex-GM and current ownership adviser Wes Wilcox and Milwaukee assistant GM Justin Zanik have emerged after a round of interviews in New York this week.

Zanik is currently serving as interim general manager following the departure of John Hammond. Zanik was hired by the Bucks as assistant GM in 2016.

Karnisovas was a finalist for the Brooklyn Nets GM job a year ago.

Wilcox was most recently demoted as general manager of the Hawks.

Milwaukee co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens will play the key roles in making the hire.

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Justin Zanik Gathering Support For Bucks' GM Job

Jun 4, 2017 3:33 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have finalized their candidates for their general manager vacancy.

Among those expected to formally interview for the opening, include: Bucks assistant GM Justin Zanik, Minnesota assistant GM Noah Croom, Indiana vice president of basketball operations Peter Dinwiddie, Detroit assistant GM Pat Garrity, Denver assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and Memphis VP of player personnel Ed Stefanski.

John Hammond left the Bucks this offseason to join the Orlando Magic.

Zanik's candidacy has gathered support inside and outside the organization.

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Bucks Request Interview With Becky Hammon For GM Job

Jun 2, 2017 2:10 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have interest in interview Becky Hammon for their general manager vacancy.

Hammon has no prior front office experience but she's worked as a behind-the-bench assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs for three seasons.

Hammon interviewed for the Florida women's head coaching job this year.

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Bucks Receive Permission To Interview Adam Simon, Pat Garrity
Adam Simon currently works for the Heat, while Pat Garrity is in the front office of the Pistons.

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Bucks Interested In Wilcox, Stefanski, Dinwiddie, Karnisovas For GM Job
The Bucks have been granted permission to interview several front office candidates as they look to fill their general manager vacancy.

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Bucks To Open GM Search Beyond Justin Zanik
Rod Thorn will lead the search on behalf of the Bucks' ownership group.

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Magic Hire John Hammond As GM
The Magic also interviewed Hammond for the job that eventually went to Jeff Weltman.

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John Hammond Could Join Weltman's Front Office With Magic
John Hammond has one more season remaining on his contract with the Bucks.

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John Hammond Interviewed For Magic Job
John Hammond received a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks in June of 2016 that will take him through 17-18.

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Magic Interested In John Hammond, Jeff Weltman, Kevin McHale
The Magic are searching for a new general manager after firing Rob Hennigan.

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Giannis' Development Made It Easier For Bucks To Sell Thon Maker Pick
The Bucks made a risky pick for Thon Maker in the 2016 NBA Draft that was perhaps made easier by how quickly Giannis Antetokounmpo developed.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Month For March
Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 22.4 points (ninth in the East), 8.4 rebounds (10th in the East), 4.8 assists, 1.78 blocked shots (fourth in the East) and 1.33 steals in 18 games.

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Jason Kidd, Terry Stotts Named Coaches Of The Month
Jason Kidd led the Bucks to an Eastern Conference-best 14-4 record.

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Bucks Sign Gary Payton II To Multi-Year Contract
Gary Payton II averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals in the D-League this season.

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Bucks Waive Terrence Jones
Terrence Jones appeared in three games for the Bucks.

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Bucks Sign Terrence Jones, Release Axel Toupane From 10-Day Deal
Terrence Jones appeared in 51 games with the Pelicans this season and posted averages of 11.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.0 blocks in 24.8 minutes per game.

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Michael Beasley Out At Least Three Games With Knee Injury
Michael Beasley underwent an MRI examination this morning that revealed a hyperextended left knee.

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Larry Sanders Feels Mentally Ready For NBA Return
Larry Sanders is attempting a basketball comeback at the age of 27 after missing the game following his retirement.

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Bucks Sign Axel Toupane To 10-Day Contract
Axel Toupane has appeared in 28 games with Raptors 905 this season and has posted averages of 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 27.6 minutes per game.

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Nuggets Acquire Roy Hibbert From Bucks
The move will get the Nuggets closer to the salary cap floor.

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Wolves Interested In Trading For Tony Snell
Tony Snell previously played for Tom Thibodeau.

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Jabari Parker Out For Season With Torn ACL In Left Knee

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Bucks To Own D-League Team In Oshkosh For 17-18 Season
A 3,500-seat arena is being built in Oshkosh and is expected to be ready in time for next season.

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