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Khris Middleton, Bucks Agree Upon Five-Year, $70M Deal

Jul 1, 2015 10:25 AM

Khris Middleton and the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed upon a five-year, $70 million deal.

The deal, sources said, will include a player option that allows Middleton to return to free agency after Year 4.

Once the Bucks receive a commitment from Middleton, they will shift their attention toward pursuing a center.

Milwaukee was eager to come to terms with Middleton and agent Michael Lindeman of Excel Sports before interested rivals could start to negotiate with him.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jared Dudley Exercises $4.25M Player Option With Bucks

Jun 30, 2015 7:55 PM

Jared Dudley exercised his player option for the 15-16 season with the Milwaukee Bucks at $4.25 million.

Dudley was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Bucks last offseason.

David Aldridge of NBA.com reports Dudley and the Bucks are working on a long-term deal.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Jared Dudley, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pelicans, Bucks, Knicks Among Interested Teams For Robin Lopez

Jun 30, 2015 4:54 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks are so far among the interested suitors for Portland Trail Blazers free agent Robin Lopez, league sources told RealGM.

Beyond Portland, Lopez is expected to have a list of suitors on July 1, and his connection to Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been clear around the NBA. Gentry coached Lopez during the seven-foot center’s first four seasons with the Phoenix Suns.

The Pelicans also are likely to have an interest in Golden State Warriors free agent Leandro Barbosa, whom Gentry’s long coached as an assistant, sources said.

The Blazers will assuredly pursue re-signing Lopez, too. The 27-year-old big man stabilized Portland’s center position over the past two seasons alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, averaging 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 2014-15, and there is believed to be an interest for Lopez to play with Aldridge again next season.

Lopez has spent seven years in the NBA with Phoenix, New Orleans and Portland. He has averaged 8.2 points and 5.1 rebounds for his career — including 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in his lone season with the Pelicans.

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Tags: Robin Lopez, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Enes Kanter, Thunder Set Meeting To Discuss 3-4 Year Deal In Early Window

Jun 30, 2015 2:30 PM

Enes Kanter — the Oklahoma City Thunder’s top free agent — has plans to meet with the franchise in Chicago on July 1, the two sides targeting an early contract completion, league sources told RealGM.

The Thunder and Kanter are expected to discuss three- and four-year contract sheets that could reach maximum-level money with incentives, sources told RealGM.

For the organization and Kanter, a restricted free agent, there will be an early window in free agency to reach an agreement before one of the top five available big men pursues larger offers elsewhere.

Oklahoma City has made clear that its main priority in July will be Kanter, a skilled, 6-foot-11 center who averaged 18.7 points, 11 rebounds and 55 percent shooting from the field in 26 games for the Thunder last season. At 23, Kanter gives the Thunder an agile offensive player with the ability to finish inside, hit jumpers and free throws and develop alongside Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.

Nevertheless, several NBA teams will pursue Kanter, including potentially the Dallas Mavericks, sources said. The Milwaukee Bucks' developing, potential interest in Kanter will be interesting to follow, given their needs and his averages against their franchise over the past three seasons: 19.2 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Kanter has spent the offseason training in Chicago.

The third overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Kanter played his first three-plus season with the Utah Jazz, averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds before his trade to the Thunder.

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Tags: Enes Kanter, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers, Bucks, Mavs Interested In Iman Shumpert

Jun 30, 2015 2:14 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks are interested in Iman Shumpert.

Shumpert will be a restricted free agent this offseason with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James is known to be a big fan of Shumpert and his defense.

Shumpert was acquired in January from the New York Knicks.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Iman Shumpert, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Greg Monroe Plans To Meet With Knicks, Celtics, Bucks, Lakers, Blazers

Jun 28, 2015 7:42 PM

Greg Monroe said five teams have shown strong interest as he enters free agency.

Monroe said he will meet this week with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers.

“(He and agent David Falk) are definitely looking at all our options,” he said. “You can see the trend is everybody’s taking shorter deals right now. So, most likely, I might take that route, too, and when the new deal kicks in, get a longer-term contract.

“I’m looking at a two-year deal plus an option” to become a free agent.

Monroe admits he is out of the Detroit Pistons' plans.

“Stan had smaller teams in Orlando (Magic) years ago,” Monroe said. “Dre is like Dwight Howard. So Stan wants to put good players around him. The team has different plans, and I respect that. I don’t want to be anywhere I’m not wanted.”

Darrell Williams/The Advocate

Tags: Greg Monroe, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Acquire Clippers' 2017 First Rounder, No. 46 From Bucks For Greivis Vasquez

Jun 25, 2015 9:03 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors have agreed upon a trade involving Greivis Vasquez. The Raptors will receive the Los Angeles Clippers' 2017 first round pick and the No. 46 pick. 

The Clippers' first round pick will be conveyed if they make the playoffs in any of the years between 2017 and 2019.

The Bucks will use cap space to absorb the contract of Vasquez.

Vasquez was acquired by the Raptors in 2013 as part of the Rudy Gay trade.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Greivis Vasquez, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Shopping Henson, Carter-Williams To Move Up

Jun 23, 2015 2:27 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks are exploring ways of moving up in the draft with John Henson and the Los Angeles Clippers' 2016 first rounder as available assets.

The Bucks also could be willing to trade away Michael Carter-Williams to acquire a top-10 pick.

Carter-Williams was acquired at the deadline from the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the Brandon Knight trade.

Gery Woelfel/Journal Times

Tags: John Henson, Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Bucks To Pursue Brook Lopez, Tyson Chandler

Jun 12, 2015 2:11 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks created max space with their trade of Ersan Ilyasova to the Detroit Pistons and have identified Brook Lopez and Tyson Chandler as targets.

Jason Kidd played with Chandler in both Dallas and New York, while he coached Lopez with the Nets.

Chandler is 32 and would give the Bucks a veteran rim protector, while Lopez is still just 27 and would help improve their offense. Lopez has a player option for the 15-16 season.

The Bucks also would be willing to pursue DeAndre Jordan, but they don't see him as a realistic target.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Tyson Chandler, Brook Lopez, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Trade Ersan Ilyasolva To Pistons For Caron Butler, Shawne Williams

Jun 11, 2015 4:18 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks traded forward Ersan Ilyasova to the Detroit Pistons, according to sources.

The acquisition of Ilyasova gives the Pistons a power forward to replace Greg Monroe.

Detroit sent forward Caron Butler and Shawne Williams to Milwaukee in the trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Ersan Ilyasova, Caron Butler, Shawne Williams, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Release New Uniforms (Image)
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Tyler Ennis Undergoes Shoulder Surgery
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Bucks Hope To Follow Draft Success In 12-18 Range
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Exec Predicts Khris Middleton To Get $15M Per Season
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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups
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Kidd Declines To Explain Decision To Bench Antetokounmpo
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Bucks Sign Jorge Gutierrez To Multi-Year Deal
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Giannis Expects Shooting Range To All Make Sense Next Season
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Chris Johnson To Sign With Jazz For Remainder Of Season
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Heat, Hornets, Cavs Lead In 14-15 Trade Score; Bucks, Mavs Rank Last
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Kidd: Khris Middleton Has Accepted Challenge To Get Better
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Suns Were Planning On Pursuing Brandon Knight In Free Agency
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Larry Sanders Explains Decision To Leave Basketball
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