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Bucks Sign Terrence Jones, Release Axel Toupane From 10-Day Deal

Mar 4, 2017 1:39 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward Terrence Jones to a contract for the remainder of the season.

In a related move, Axel Toupane has been released from his 10-day contract.

Jones, 25, appeared in 51 games (12 starts) with the New Orleans 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. He was waived by the Pelicans on Feb. 23.

Currently in his fifth NBA season, Jones has played in 229 games and averaged 10.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.8 minutes per contest. He spent his first four NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets and also played with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.

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Michael Beasley Out At Least Three Games With Knee Injury

Feb 28, 2017 4:36 PM

Michael Beasley suffered a left knee injury during the second quarter of last night's game at Cleveland.

Beasley underwent an MRI examination this morning that revealed a hyperextended left knee. Beasley is expected to be sidelined for at least the next three games (vs. Denver, vs. LA Clippers, vs. Toronto) and will be re-evaluated at that time.

In 50 games (five starts) this season, Beasley is averaging 9.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.1 minutes per contest. He leads the team in field goal percentage (career-high 54.2) and is connecting on a career-high 42.1 percent (16-38) of his 3-point field goal attempts.

Beasley, 28, was acquired from Houston in a trade that sent guard Tyler Ennis to the Rockets on Sept. 22.

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Larry Sanders Feels Mentally Ready For NBA Return

Feb 27, 2017 12:27 PM

Larry Sanders is attempting a basketball comeback at the age of 27 after missing the game following his retirement.

“I miss being on a team, man,” Sanders said on the phone last week. “I miss going to war with my teammates and fighting against another team and giving my all out there and affecting the game. My children are getting older. I have a boy and a girl, and my son talks about it all the time now, he misses me playing. Giving them something to cheer for, and my family. Having my name on my back, our name on my back. There’s a lot of value in that, there’s a lot of strength in that, for my whole family. Me being that person for them brings joy to me.”

Sanders has worked out for the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers. Sanders also had a group workout in Miami.

“I would say I worked really hard to get to where I was,” Sanders said. “I worked extremely hard. I started playing basketball when I was 17 years old. Things kind of hit me fast. It was hard to manage. I would say I’m more mature. I’m better. I’m at a higher level. I’m a better basketball player. I’ve taken that time to establish those things and get my family in order -- not to say everything’s perfect. I took the time that I needed.

“To convince someone by words, I don’t know what more I can say. The action’s going to be everything. If a team’s willing to take that risk on me, I’m also taking that risk on them, that they’re going to be able to support me and be in my corner. We’re going to be able to understand each other. I believe there’s a team out there that’s like that, that would love a guy like me in their system.”

Sanders became one of the NBA's best young rim protectors before he began to experience issues in his personal life. Sanders says he didn't start smoking marijuana until he arrived in the NBA at 22 and used it to cope.

“I was young in the league,” he says. “I was using it to handle where I was going. I wasn’t really managing my life at a high level. That was helping me to cope. But in hindsight, while I was coping on a day to day, on a larger scale, it was hindering. Because there were other skills that I needed to learn. Now, being away from marijuana, I’m able to look back on it and understand it and indulge in these other coping mechanisms. I’m older now, too. I feel my brain’s more developed. There’s different things that, chemically, are put in place now, that make me, I feel like a stronger individual, where a crutch doesn’t seem as appealing as it did before. There’s a lot of value in me learning things on my own and dealing with issues head on.”

 

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Bucks Sign Axel Toupane To 10-Day Contract

Feb 26, 2017 10:45 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Axel Toupane to a 10-day contract. 

Toupane, 24, has appeared in 28 games with Raptors 905 of the NBA D-League 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.

A native of France, Toupane also played with Raptors 905 for 32 games during the 2015-16 season and averaged 14.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists before signing a 10-day contract with the Denver Nuggets on March 3, 2016. He signed a second 10-day contract with the Nuggets on March 14 and then signed a multi-year contract on March 25. Toupane played in 21 games with Denver and averaged 3.6 points and 1.5 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game. He was waived by the Nuggets on Oct. 15.

Toupane played professionally for Strasbourg IG of the French Pro National Basketball League A from 2011 to 2015. He went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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Nuggets Acquire Roy Hibbert From Bucks

Feb 23, 2017 3:00 PM

The Denver Nuggets have acquired Roy Hibbert from the Milwaukee Bucks for a heavily protected second round pick.

The move will get the Nuggets closer to the salary cap floor.

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Wolves Interested In Trading For Tony Snell

Feb 20, 2017 9:33 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed mild interest in trading for Tony Snell.

Snell was moved this season by the Chicago Bulls to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Snell previously played for Tom Thibodeau.

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Jabari Parker Out For Season With Torn ACL In Left Knee

Feb 9, 2017 2:53 PM

Jabari Parker has torn the ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Parker will undergo surgery to repair the injury and will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season. The recovery and rehabilitation period is estimated at 12 months.

Parker previously tore the ACL in the same left knee in 2014.

In 51 games (50 starts) this season, Parker averaged 20.1 points (2nd on team), 6.2 rebounds (3rd on team), 2.8 assists (4th on team) and 1.0 steals in 33.9 minutes (2nd on team) per game. He scored in double figures 47 times, including 20-plus points in 28 games.

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Bucks To Own D-League Team In Oshkosh For 17-18 Season

Feb 7, 2017 7:52 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks will own and operate an NBA Development League franchise in Oshkosh beginning for the 2017-’18 season.

A 3,500-seat arena is being built in Oshkosh and is expected to be ready in time for next season.

The Bucks also considered bids from Sheboygan and Racine.

Milwaukee joins a trend of NBA franchises owning affiliate D-League clubs. The Bucks will become the 20th NBA team to own and operate an affiliate, and the Oshkosh team will be the 25th D-League entry

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Bucks Trade Miles Plumlee To Hornets For Roy Hibbert, Spencer Hawes

Feb 2, 2017 2:25 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to trade Miles Plumlee to the Charlotte Hornets for Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes.

Plumlee re-signed with the Bucks in the 2016 offseason on a four-year, $52 million deal. Plumlee is averaging just 9.7 minutes per game this season for Bucks with his PER dropping from 17.4 to 8.0.

Hawes has a player option for the 17-18 season. Hawes signed a four-year $23 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014.

Hibbert is on a one-year, $5 million deal.

The Bucks will release Steve Novak to clear a roster spot for Hawes and Hibbert, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Bucks Concerned For Status Of Thon Maker Due To Travel Ban

Jan 28, 2017 10:31 PM

Teammates and friends are concerned how Thon Maker might be affected by President Donald Trump's temporary ban on the entry of non-American citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Maker was born in Wau, Sudan, which became part of an independent South Sudan in 2011. Sudan is one of the seven banned countries, along with Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Maker moved with his family to Australia in 2002, so he also has Australian citizenship and travels with an Australian passport. 

 

There were concerns for Maker, however, as the Bucks were returning from a Friday night game in Toronto, just as U.S. Customs and Border Protection notified airlines about passengers whose visas had been canceled.

Luol Deng was also born in Wau, Sudan, but like Maker has dual citizenship, having become a British citizen in 2006.

Bucks senior vice president Alexander Lasry, whose father and Bucks owner Marc Lasry immigrated from Morocco, posted a series of messages on Twitter in support of Maker.

"I appreciate all the fans' concerns and prayers for Thon. And today, a Sudanese refugee who fled oppression and is an incredible young man will make his second NBA start," wrote Lasry. "I'm incredibly excited and proud of him. He's a symbol of what makes America great and all immigrants believe about America."

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Jabari Parker Punished For Disclosing Locker Room Discourse
After dropping their fourth consecutive game, the Bucks held a team meeting in which Jabari Parker became vocal in voicing his frustration with the lack of togetherness.

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Khris Middleton Could Return By All-Star Break
Khris Middleton is expected to be kept on a minutes restriction as he eases way his back from the injury.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: I Have A Franchise On My Shoulders
In his second NBA season, Giannis Antetokounmpo was benched by Jason Kidd, which made him irate and led him to research Kidd's playing bio.

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Bucks Remain Interested In Trading Greg Monroe
The Bucks also have John Henson and Miles Plumlee at center signed long-term.

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Jason Kidd: Giannis Could Become Combination Of LeBron, Dirk
Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing a mix of point guard, both forward spots and even center on defense in some lineups.

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Matthew Dellavedova 'Couldn't Pass Up Opportunity' With Bucks
Matthew Dellavedova is averaging career-bests in points (7.9) and assists (6.3).

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Seth Partnow Went From Blogger To Bucks' Front Office In Three Years
Seth Partnow is the Bucks' director of basketball research.

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Khris Middleton's Hamstring Was Torn Off Bone
Khris Middleton is optimistic about returning this season.

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Bucks Recall Rashad Vaughn From D-League
Rashad Vaughn appeared in two games for the Knicks and averaged 11.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game.

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Bucks Shorten Center Rotation, Play More Smallball
The minutes of Greg Monroe will be limited for the foreseeable future.

Matt Velazquez/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bucks, Grizzlies, Mavs No Longer Staying At Trump Hotels
Seven other NBA teams are still currently scheduled to stay at Trump-branded properties this season.

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RealGM Radio: Extension/Option Deadline With Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux and Dan Feldman of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk break down the NBA's rookie scale extension and option deadline.

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Ray Allen Announces He Will Remain Retired
Ray Allen hasn't played since the 13-14 season with the Heat.

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Bucks Unlikely To Sign Tony Snell To Extension
Tony Snell is a career 35.1 percent three-point shooter in the NBA.

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Bucks Exercise 17-18 Option On Rashad Vaughn
Rashad Vaughn appeared in 70 games during his rookie campaign and averaged 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per contest.

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Kevin Garnett Joining TNT, Could Also Work As 'Coaching Consultant'
Kevin Garnett is also talking to teams, including the Cavaliers and Bucks, about a "coaching consultant" role.

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Bucks Preparing For Greg Monroe To Opt-In For 17-18
Greg Monroe is due $17.88 million for the 17-18 season, which he may not command on the open market even with the cap spike.

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Bucks Exercise Fourth-Year Contract On Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker is averaging a team-best 16.8 points to go along with 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in five preseason matchups in 2016.

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Bulls Acquire Michael Carter-Williams From Bucks For Tony Snell
The Bucks have been looking for more shooting on the perimeter following the hamstring injury to Khris Middleton.

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Hornets Not Interested In Trading For Greg Monroe
The Bucks have interest in trading Greg Monroe after signing him in free agency in 2015.

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