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Kidd Denies Seeking More Power From Nets

Jason Kidd was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Milwaukee Bucks in the offseason after a reported failed power move.

Kidd returns to New York to face the Knicks on Monday, and he denied seeking additional power. Kidd was traded for two second-round picks.

"No, I don't need any power," Kidd said. "My [job] is to learn how to be a coach and be the best coach that I can be."

"Did I want to be traded? I think once [the Nets] OK'd the talk to Milwaukee, that just showed, whatever you want to call it, rumors or no rumors that they wanted to fire me in December had to have some legs."

Meanwhile, Paul Pierce told NBA.com that the Nets did not offer him a contract in free agency because the team "wanted to cut costs, they felt like they weren't going to be a contender."

"I believe it," Kidd said when asked about Pierce's comments about not being offered a contract. "I mean, if they don't offer [Pierce] a contract worth what a first-round pick is, then why did we do the deal [last year for Pierce and Garnett]?"

Via Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Larry Sanders Expected To Return For Start Of Season After Minor Surgery

Larry Sanders underwent a minor outpatient surgical procedure Friday afternoon, the Milwaukee Bucks announced.

Sanders will miss the remaining three preseason games but is expected to be available for the start of the regular season.

In three preseason games this season, Sanders, 25, has averaged 10.7 points, a team-high 10.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bucks Exercise 15-16 Options On Antetokounmpo, Henson

The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the third-year contract option on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the fourth-year contract option on John Henson.

Antetokounmpo, 19, appeared in 77 games last year during his rookie season and averaged 6.8 points with 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.6 minutes per contest. 

Henson, 23, played in 70 games last season and ranked among the league leaders in blocks per game (1.7, 9th) and field goal percentage (.538, 13th). 

Bucks Waive Chris Wright, Elijah Millsap

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on Chris Wright and Elijah Millsap.

Wright, 26, appeared in eight games for the Bucks in 2013-14 and averaged 6.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Millsap, 27, appeared in one game for the Bucks this preseason, recording four points, one rebound and one assist in seven minutes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bucks Expressed Interest In Ray Allen But Were Declined

The Milwaukee Bucks expressed sincere interest in signing Ray Allen in the offseason, but the veteran guard was not inclined to return to his former team.

"We did contact Ray," Kidd said. "He's weighing his options to see where he wants to go. But we did have interest."

Allen played his first 6 1/2 seasons with the Bucks and still has fans in Milwaukee.

"We thought, just like the fans, that it might be a good situation for him to be able to come back and also teach the young guys," Kidd said.

"We thought he would be a good piece for us to try to get but he didn't have any interest."

Via Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Johnny O'Bryant Rehabilitating Grade III MCL Strain

Johnny O’Bryant has sustained a grade III sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL).

O’Bryant initially suffered the injury in the third quarter of Milwaukee’s game at Detroit on Oct. 9.

No surgery is required, and O’Bryant has already begun the rehabilitation process. No timetable has been set for his return.

O’Bryant had appeared in two preseason games for the Bucks and posted two points and three rebounds in 14 total minutes of action.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bucks To Start Giannis Antetokounmpo At Point Guard In Next Game

The Milwaukee Bucks continue to experiment with Giannis Antetokounmpo at point guard and will start him in Tuesday's preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Antetokounmpo will start with Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker on the wings, Ersan Ilyasova at power forward and Zaza Pachulia at center.

Antetokounmpo has grown to nearly seven feet with a 7'3 wingspan, but has flashed the playmaking skills of much smaller players in his brief NBA career.

"We've seen it in practice, and so when you see a player's comfort level with the ball no matter what size, we want to see it in game action," Jason Kidd said back in July. "We slowly have started letting him have the ball and running the offense."

Via Mike Prada/SB Nation

Bucks Hire Peter Feigin As Team President

The Milwaukee Bucks have hired Peter Feigin as the team’s new president.  

Feigin comes to the Bucks with a depth of experience in both in the NBA and the corporate world. As the chief marketing and revenue officer of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, he managed global business units and handled branding across the international entertainment company. Prior to working at Deluxe, Feigin was president and COO of Marquis Jet Partners and helped lead its acquisition by NetJets. From 1998 to 2004, he worked for the New York Knicks and rose to become vice president of marketing – increasing profits, season subscriptions and suite revenue during his tenure. Additionally, Feigin has served as a senior advisor to the Milwaukee Bucks since the ownership change, helping reorganize and refocus its business operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College and completed the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ Financial Executive Program. 

“I’ve known Peter for many years and can’t think of a more capable person to drive growth for the Bucks organization,” said Marc Lasry. “Peter’s been an invaluable advisor and will be a terrific leader for a talented group of people working to build a world-class franchise. He brings a tremendous amount of NBA expertise and management experience to Milwaukee.”

Via RealGM Staff Report

Giannis Antetokounmpo Increased Confidence, Height Since Last Season

Giannis Antetokounmpo has grown two inches since arriving in the NBA a year ago, shooting up from 6'9 to 6'11.

"I feel more confident and more comfortable in the court," Antetokounmpo said. "I just try to work and see where it takes me. I try to get better and better."

Jason Kidd speculated that Antetokounmpo could play all five positions if necessary, even the center spot.

"Whatever they can do to help a team win, Magic (Johnson) played all positions to win a championship," Kidd said. "When you have that type of ability to play multiple positions, it helps the coach, it helps your teammates. And it also gives him more time on the floor."


Via Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Bucks Archives

Bucks Interested In Negotiating Long-Term Deal For Brandon Knight

Brandon Knight will make $3.75 million this season in the last year of his rookie-scale deal.

Micheal Eric To Sign Deal With Bucks

Micheal Eric has agreed to a minimum salary deal with the Bucks, league sources told RealGM.

Bucks Expect To Keep Larry Sanders Part Of Future Plans

Larry Sanders will start his four-year extension this season.

Elijah Millsap Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Bucks

Elijah Millsap has signed a non-guaranteed deal to attend training camp with the Bucks, his agent told RealGM.

Wes Edens Primarily Responsible For Running Bucks

While Marc Lasry is a co-owner of the Bucks with Wes Edens, Lasry said it was Edens who is the managing partner of the team.

Damien Inglis Signs Multi-Year Deal With Bucks

Damien Inglis was the 31st overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Clippers Trade Jared Dudley, 1st Round Pick To Bucks For Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Raduljica

The Clippers have traded Jared Dudley to the Bucks, according to a source.

Bucks Expected To Soon Sign Damien Inglis

Damien Inglis expected to be a first round pick before he broke his foot in a workout in Oklahoma City Thunder.

Bucks Claim Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

Kendall Marshall was previously waived by the Lakers.

Bucks To Claim Kendall Marshall Off Waivers

The Bucks will claim Kendall Marshall off waivers, according to sources.

Bucks Close To Deal With Jerryd Bayless

Jerryd Bayless finished this past season with the Celtics following a trade from the Grizzlies.

Julyan Stone In Discussions With 76ers, Kings, Bucks

Julyan Stone has started strong discussions with the 76ers, Kings and Bucks on a new deal, a league source told RealGM.

Bucks Hire Joe Prunty As Top Assistant Coach

Joe Prunty was an assistant coach last season with the Nets.

76ers, Bucks Interested In Trading For Jeremy Lin

The Rockets plan on trading away Jeremy Lin in order to free up cap space.

Bucks, Nets Reach Deal On Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd will become head coach of the Bucks, replacing Larry Drew.

Bucks Only Offering Head Coaching Job To Jason Kidd

The Bucks interviewed Jason Kidd in New York on Friday.

Jason Kidd Loses Power Play With Nets, Given Permission To Interview With Bucks

Jason Kidd has received permission to speak with the Bucks.

Jabari Parker Happy With Bucks, Wants To ‘Stick With One Team’

It was no secret that Bucks and Jabari Parker shared mutual interest and the relationship became official on Thursday when the club drafted him with the No. 2 pick.

Parker Expects To Be Drafted 2nd Overall By Bucks

Jabari Parker said that the Bucks told him they would select him at No. 2 if he remains on the board.

Bucks Rule Out Embiid, Comfortable Taking Parker Or Wiggins

The Bucks will select either Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins depending on who is still available after the first overall pick.
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