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Kidd: Khris Middleton Has Accepted Challenge To Get Better

Mar 3, 2015 11:07 AM

Khris Middleton has emerged as a long-term solution for the Milwaukee Bucks at shooting guard. Middleton is a two-way player favored by analytics.

Middleton is sixth among all NBA players in Real Plus-Minus, which attempts to measure a player's impact on team performance. Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and LeBron James are the only players ahead of Middleton.

The Bucks would like to re-sign Middleton this summer in restricted free agency.

"Right now I think the main improvement in my defense has just been the coaches," Middleton said, crediting coach Jason Kidd and his staff. "They've been teaching me defensive schemes, how to guard guys, how to use my length.

"I give all the credit to them and then my teammates having my back. I was watching film during the summer. We do our principles to make sure I stay straight and everybody else stays straight on it."

Middleton believes his length at shooting guard gives him an advantage.

"I'm a lot taller and longer than guys, so it's just using my length and making it tougher on them," Middleton said. "I don't have to be into them all the time and fouling them."

 

"He's accepted the challenge to get better," Kidd said. "He's gotten better in all phases of his game, not just being known as a shooter but defensively. And he's starting to be more vocal.

"You would probably say he's one of the quiet guys. But now he's taking a little bit more of that leadership role."

Middleton was acquired by the Bucks in the same deal that brought point guard Brandon Knight from Detroit in the summer of 2013, in exchange for Brandon Jennings.

Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Suns Were Planning On Pursuing Brandon Knight In Free Agency

Feb 25, 2015 1:33 PM

The Phoenix Suns were prepared to "go after (Brandon Knight) hard" in the offseason before trading for him at the deadline.

Knight will be a restricted free agent and their chances of re-signing him are significantly higher than if they were to pursue him in the open market.

The Suns traded the Los Angeles Lakers' future first round pick to acquire Knight.

The Suns believe Knight is a good complement at off guard to Eric Bledsoe.

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Larry Sanders Explains Decision To Leave Basketball

Feb 25, 2015 10:55 AM

Larry Sanders explained his decision to step away from basketball in an interview with The Players Tribune.

Sanders agreed to a buyout with the Milwaukee Bucks last week.

"Everyone has to make a living. I’m no different from the person whose 9-to-5 isn’t their dream job," said Sanders. "It’s a scary thing to walk away from security but I’m more afraid of living with the “what if.”

"I love basketball, and if I get to a point where I feel I’m capable of playing basketball again, I will. I’ve had to make the difficult decision to follow my intuition, and allow myself the space and time to explore my true purpose in life."

Sanders also revealed he had checked himself into a clinic Rogers Memorial Hospital, a program for anxiety, depression and mood disorders.

"It taught me a lot about myself. It taught me a lot about what's important and where I want to devote my energy."

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Larry Sanders Officially Bought Out By Bucks

Feb 21, 2015 7:14 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks and Larry Sanders have completed their buyout agreement.

Sanders will receive approximately half of his original $44 million extension.

With Sanders being bought out before March 1, he would be eligible to sign with a team and be included on their playoff roster. Sanders is not expected to play again this season.

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Kenyon Martin Waived By Bucks

Feb 19, 2015 8:08 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks plan to waive Kenyon Martin.

The Bucks needed to clear a roster spot following their acquisitions of Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee.

Martin had been signed to consecutive 10-day contracts earlier this season before Milwaukee guaranteed his deal for the season.

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Suns, Bucks, 76ers Agree Upon Knight, Carter-Williams Trade

Feb 19, 2015 3:03 PM

Brandon Knight has been traded to the Phoenix Suns, while Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee will go to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Philadelphia 76ers will acquire picks as part of the deal, including the Los Angeles Lakers' 1-5 protected for 2015 first rounder from the Suns.

Knight will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

The Suns also acquired Kendall Marshall, who is out for the season and will be waived.

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Mavericks Considering Pursuit Of Larry Sanders

Feb 18, 2015 1:09 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have interest in Larry Sanders, though it is described as "cautious and complicated."

Sanders and the Milwaukee Bucks agreed upon a buyout on Wednesday.

The Mavs can only offer the veteran’s minimum to Sanders at this point.

Sanders is represented by Happy Walters, who has a strong relationship with the Dallas front office and also represents Amar'e Stoudemire.

The Mavericks also wouldn't pursue Sanders without speaking first to Monta Ellis, who was teammates with him in Milwaukee and had a confrontation during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that there is presently no plan for Sanders to sign with an NBA team this season once he clears waivers.

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Larry Sanders To Receive $13M Of Remaining $40M On Buyout

Feb 18, 2015 11:00 AM

Larry Sanders and the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed upon a buyout, a league source tells RealGM.

Sanders is expected to receive $13 million on the rest of his $40 million contract.

Sanders has served a 10-game suspension this season for violating the NBA's anti-drug program and has been out for "personal reasons."

Sanders signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension in 2013.

With Sanders being bought out before March 1, he would be eligible to sign with a team and be included on their playoff roster.

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Larry Sanders, Bucks Near Agreement On Buyout

Feb 18, 2015 10:54 AM

Larry Sanders and the Milwaukee Bucks have nearly reached agreement on a buyout.

Sanders has served a 10-game suspension this season for violating the NBA's anti-drug program and has been out for "personal reasons."

Sanders signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension in 2013.

With Sanders being bought out before March 1, he would be eligible to sign with a team and be included on their playoff roster.

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Bucks Seek Buyout Of Larry Sanders

Feb 16, 2015 10:44 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks are seeking a buyout agreement with Larry Sanders.

Sanders has served a 10-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug program but has not returned to the team and is not expected to play for Milwaukee again. He has been listed as out for "personal reasons" in each of the Bucks' past three games.

Sanders has stated he would like to continue his playing career.

Sanders signed a four-year, $44 million extension in 2013.

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