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76ers Had No Interest In Brandon Knight For MCW Straight-Up

Feb 9, 2016 11:55 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers weren't interested in doing a trade last season of Michael Carter-Williams for Brandon Knight straight-up.

Jason Kidd felt he could mold Carter-Williams and was under contract for two more seasons at a total of $5.5 million.

Knight was set to be a restricted free agent and the Milwaukee Bucks couldn't re-sign both him and Khris Middleton, along with a big man.

"When we made the decision to trade Brandon, it gave us the opportunity to not only look at [Carter-Williams] but also flexibility going into the summer," Kidd said earlier this season. "At that point, we had to figure out which one we could move and had the opportunity to get something in return."

The Bucks and 76ers had a stalemate on their talks but that broke when the Phoenix Suns entered the picture as they owned the Los Angeles Lakers' pick.

The picks the Suns acquired from the Miami Heat for Goran Dragic motivated them to part with the Lakers' pick.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Larry Sanders Plans NBA Return As Soon As Off-Court Pursuits Stabilize

Feb 9, 2016 10:44 AM

Larry Sanders plans on pursuing a return to the NBA once his off-court pursuits stabilize.

"Once my art, music and passions off the court feel stable, I will look into coming back," Sanders told The Vertical. "I still love basketball. I want stability around me, and part of my mindset to leave was not to put all my eggs in one basket.

“I feel highly valuable on any team. There aren't a lot of people who can bring my game to a team. I still play basketball all the time, staying in shape. I will need to make sure the situation is right for me.”

Sanders receives $1.86 million per year until 2022 through his buyout with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Sanders was suspended twice for violating the NBA's anti-drug program and went on a personal leave of absence before a buyout last February.

Sanders was one of the NBA's best young rim protectors.

For now, Sanders says there is no timetable toward a return. He now resides in Los Angeles where he releases music, including a recent single called “Black Mercedes.”

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Larry Sanders, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Interested In Trading Michael Carter-Williams, Greg Monroe

Feb 4, 2016 1:57 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks are 18 games under .500 since trading away Brandon Knight in a deal that brought in Michael Carter-Williams.

The Bucks are interested in making another major trade ahead of this year's deadline in an attempt to fix their issues.

Michael Carter-Williams has been mentioned in trade talks, as has Greg Monroe.

Monroe has been productive on offense but he's been a liability on defense, which made the Bucks such a dangerous team last season.

“From what I’m hearing is they (the Bucks) are willing to trade anybody not named Parker, Antetokounmpo or Middleton,’’ an NBA executive said. “I even heard they'd listen (to offers) for Parker and Middleton, but it would have to be some crazy offer.

"They want to do something; they know they have to do something. That group they have isn’t working.’’

Gery Woelfel/Racine Journal Times

Tags: Greg Monroe, Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jason Kidd To Return Next Week Ahead Of Schedule

Jan 21, 2016 12:21 PM

Jason Kidd will resume his duties as head coach next week.

Kidd underwent hip surgery shortly before Christmas and will return ahead of schedule.

The Milwaukee Bucks are 8-7 with Joe Prunty serving as interim head coach.

Kidd was forced to the sideline in December by the deteriorating condition of his right hip, which plagued him for the last few years of his playing career. 

It was initially thought that Kidd would have to sit out until Februrary.

"It's been chronic for the last three to four years, since I was in Dallas the last time," Kidd said in December before undergoing surgery. "The pain has been to the point where I can't function. "I've taken all the medicine I can do. Talking to the doctors, there's really no good time to do the surgery. I have to fix myself, and then we move on and get back to work."

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Jabari Parker Asked To Defend Opposing Team's Wings

Jan 15, 2016 11:38 AM

Jabari Parker has recently received the difficult defensive assignments for the Milwaukee Bucks against scoring wings like Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Kawhi Leonard.

That has left Giannis Antetokounmpo to defend bigs like Tim Duncan.

"He came to us and said he wanted the challenge," Joe Prunty said.

Parker has been described as a diligent worker by the Bucks' organization.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Bucks Haven't Yet Shopped Greg Monroe

Jan 15, 2016 11:35 AM

Greg Monroe is on a two-plus-one contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, meaning he can opt out in 2017.

Signing Monroe was touted as a success in free agency for the Bucks, but he hasn't been a great fit with how the team's defense has taken a big step back.

The Bucks, however, have yet to shop Monroe in trade talks. With the clock ticking on his next free agency, it might be an advantageous time to evaluate his trade value.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Greg Monroe, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Klay Thompson Expected To Be Picked By Bucks In 2011

Jan 8, 2016 12:41 PM

Klay Thompson expected to be drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The Bucks picked one spot ahead of the Golden State Warriors at No. 10.

"Honestly, I thought I was going to go to Milwaukee," said Thompson. "They told me they really liked me, and they needed a wing. When they traded their pick, I was kind of nervous in the draft. I said, “Oh, shoot. These guys said they really liked me, and I thought I was going there at No. 10.” But it just really worked out that Golden State took me."

The Bucks traded the pick to the Sacramento Kings, who picked Jimmer Fredette while they ended up with Tobias Harris at No. 19.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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O.J. Mayo Receives $25,000 Fine From NBA

Jan 4, 2016 12:09 PM

O.J. Mayo has received a $25,000 fine for aggressively pursuing a referee and failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection in Saturday's game.

Mayo had to be restrained by coaches and teammates when ejected in the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Tags: O.J. Mayo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Fines

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Bucks Decide Against Trading For Caron Butler

Dec 29, 2015 12:03 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have decided not to trade for Caron Butler.

Butler has been promised a new team by the Sacramento Kings.

Butler was previously with the Bucks and is a native of Wisconsin.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Caron Butler, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Joe Prunty Trying To Keep Everything The Same For Bucks Without Kidd

Dec 24, 2015 11:27 AM

Joe Prunty is acting as interim head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks with Jason Kidd out six weeks with hup surgery.

"We're going to try and keep it the same," said Prunty. "Everything will be similar to what we've done in the past. We're not trying to change anything. For us, it's about consistency more than anything else."

Prunty was also an assistant on Kidd's staff with the Brooklyn Nets.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

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Draymond Green, O.J. Mayo Have Postgame Altercation
Draymond Green and O.J. Mayo traded words and Mayo touched the back of Green's head.

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Carlos Boozer Meets With Bucks
Carlos Boozer averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 49.9 percent from the field in 71 games for the Lakers last season.

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Warriors Looking Forward To 'Redemption Opportunity' Against Bucks
The Bucks celebrated the win, including a dunk and staredown at the Warriors' bench from Michael Carter-Williams.

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Kings Agree To Find Trade Of Caron Butler
The Bucks are the most likely destination for Caron Butler, who could use his veteran leadership.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Greivis Vasquez Undergoes Surgery On Right Ankle
Greivis Vasquez has averaged 7.1 points, 4.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 22.6 minutes.

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Bucks' Fans Wear Prophetic 24-1 T-Shirts
The Bucks also ended the Lakers' 33-game winning streak during the 71-72 season.

Alysha Tsuji/USA Today

Bucks Make Miles Plumlee Available In Trade Talks
Miles Plumlee is averaging just 6.3 minutes in 15 games this season for the Bucks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Jason Kidd Suspended One Game By NBA
Jason Kidd has received a one-game suspension by the NBA for slapping the ball out of a referee's hands and not leaving the court in a timely manner.

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Jason Kidd Ejected After Knocking Ball Out Of Ref's Hands
Jason Kidd said he was sticking up for himself and protecting his players before he was tossed.

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Bucks Appearing On TNT For First Time Since 2002
When the Bucks were last on TNT, the team featured Ray Allen, Sam Cassell, Anthony Mason, Toni Kukoc and Michael Redd.

Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jabari Parker Skips Bucks' Road Trip With Sprained Foot
Jabari Parker returned to action on Nov. 4 after missing the final 57 games with a torn ACL.

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Wolves Nearly Picked Giannis Antetokounmpo Over Shabazz Muhammad
Giannis Antetokounmpo went 15th overall to the Bucks.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Gasol Brothers, Jabari Parker Leave Wasserman Media Group
There have been a number of departures from Wasserman Media Group following Arn Tellem's decision to take a job with the Pistons.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Jabari Parker Expected To Make Return From ACL Tear Wednesday
Jabari Parker underwent surgery on Jan. 5th.

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Falk: Greg Monroe's Decision About What Milwaukee Already Brought To The Table
Greg Monroe signed a three-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks, picking them over the Knicks, Lakers and Blazers.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Bucks Exercise 16-17 Options On Parker, Giannis, Carter-Williams, Ennis
The Bucks have exercised the third-year contract options on Tyler Ennis and Jabari Parker, and the fourth-year contract options on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Michael Carter-Williams.

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential
The Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

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Bucks To Use Giannis Antetokounmpo At All Five Positions
Giannis Antetokounmpo will play power forward to begin the season until Jabari Parker returns where he'll slide over to small forward.

Charles F. Gardner/Journal Sentinel

Bucks Waive Jorge Gutierrez, Marcus Landry, Josh Powell
The Bucks roster now stands at 15 players.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Milwaukee Bucks Season Preview With Jeremy Schmidt
Can Giannis Antetokounmpo take the next step, how does Greg Monroe fit in, will Jabari Parker return to form, whether the D can maintain its lofty standards from a year ago, and spacing the floor.

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