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Jabari Parker Punished For Disclosing Locker Room Discourse

Jan 22, 2017 4:48 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks brought Jabari Parker off the bench in their loss on Saturday to the Miami Heat for violating a team rule.

Parker disclosed locker room discourse to the media.

After dropping their fourth consecutive game on Friday in Orlando, the Bucks held a team meeting in which Parker became vocal in voicing his frustration with the lack of togetherness, sources said.

In his postgame media address, Parker confirmed there was a team meeting and disclosed what the organization regarded as private, locker room dialogue.

"I spoke up for the first time, and it didn't go my way," Parker said to the media. "I was getting thrashed, but hey, as long as I give them another perspective, I did my job."

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Khris Middleton Could Return By All-Star Break

Jan 19, 2017 12:19 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks are hopeful that Khris Middleton will be available to return from his hamstring tear in early- to mid-February.

Middleton suffered the injury in September and the Bucks initially projected a six-month absence. 

Middleton told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last month that he always believed he'd be back at some point this season.

"But the way this team is playing, I'm not going to rush," Middleton told the newspaper in January.

Middleton is expected to be kept on a minutes restriction as he eases way his back from the injury.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: I Have A Franchise On My Shoulders

Jan 3, 2017 12:10 PM

In his second NBA season, Giannis Antetokounmpo was benched by Jason Kidd, which made him irate. 

“I was like, ‘Let’s see what this guy did in his career, anyway,’ ” Antetokounmpo recounts.

Antetokounmpo decided to look up Kidd’s bio on his phone. “I saw Rookie of the Year, NBA championship, USA Olympic gold medal, second in assists, fifth in made threes, blah, blah, blah. I was like, ‘Jesus freaking Christ, how can I compete with that? I better zip it.’ ”

Kidd is one of the best point guards to ever play the game but he always wished he was taller than 6'4.

“But I wanted so badly to be 6' 7" or 6' 8",” Kidd said. “Guys like Magic are looking through a window that’s so high. They can make passes I could only dream about.”

Kidd saw enough in Antetokounmpo's potential as a playmaker to use him at point guard in the 2014 Summer League and 2015 preseason but didn't really try it in the regular season under late last February.

“We didn’t talk about it,” Kidd says. “We didn’t make a big deal out of it. There was no pressure. We just wanted to try something different.”

“I’ve definitely become more serious,” Antetokounmpo says. “I have a franchise on my shoulders.”

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Bucks Remain Interested In Trading Greg Monroe

Dec 26, 2016 11:24 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks continue to be interested in trading away Greg Monroe. Monroe is on a $17.14 million salary and has an opt-out clause for 17-18 with his salary of $17.88 million if he opts in.

Monroe was signed by the Bucks during the 2015 offseason but he has struggled to fit in beside Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker.

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

Dec 6, 2016 1:29 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing a mix of point guard, both forward spots and even center on defense in some lineups.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists plus two steals and two blocks per game.

"Having being around some of the best in the world in LeBron (James) and Dirk (Nowitzki)," Jason Kidd said referencing former Team USA and Dallas Mavericks teammates, "wouldn't it be cool to have those two combined as one player? Maybe that could happen."

"I want to make great plays. It can be blocking a shot, it can be passing to an open teammate or dunking. Just great plays," Antetokounmpo said. "That's what makes me excited."

The Bucks signed Antetokounmpo to a four-year, $100 million extension in September.

"We're in the early stages of seeing where he can take us," Kidd said. "What he's done is show that he can handle a lot right now. There's going to be a time where we're going to raise the bar again and see how he does."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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Matthew Dellavedova 'Couldn't Pass Up Opportunity' With Bucks

Nov 29, 2016 3:30 PM

Matthew Dellavedova left the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason to sign a four-year, $38 million offer sheet with the Milwaukee Bucks.

"It was tough to decide to leave because you're coming off the highest of highs and I loved my time in Cleveland," Dellavedova said Tuesday morning. "Fun team, great group of guys, great organization and fans obviously. But I had an opportunity here that I couldn't pass up to see how good I could be as a starting point guard and really challenge myself. You never know if or when that opportunity will come along again."

Dellavedova is averaging career-bests in points (7.9) and assists (6.3).

"It's been good. It's been a challenge and that's what I was looking for," Dellavedova said. "Just getting to know a new group and a new system, new coaching staff, new city. There's going to be a little bit of an adjustment, but it's been good so far. I feel like I've learned a lot already and I've got a lot more to learn as well."

Dellavedova will play his former team for the first time on Tuesday.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Seth Partnow Went From Blogger To Bucks' Front Office In Three Years

Nov 29, 2016 1:16 PM

Seth Partnow was hired by the Milwaukee Bucks as their director of basketball research during the 2017 offseason following several years of high quality writing about basketball analytics. The Bucks hired Partnow as a part-time consultant in May and made the hire full-time in September.

"It still doesn't feel like going to work. It feels, to some degree, almost like a fantasy camp," Partnow said. "I'm sure that will change as we get into it, but I pinch myself walking into the building every day."

Partnow played basketball at West Anchorage High and played one year at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. After earning an economics degree from Carleton and a law degree from the University of Minnesota, Partnow moved back to Anchorage in 2005.

Partnow worked for years with his mother, Patricia, at their educational consulting firm, Partnow Consulting. In 2013, Partnow decided to begin researching and writing about basketball.

"At its basis, basketball analytics — or any sports analytics — is using information available from the playing of games and things like that to make better decisions about … in-game strategic decisions or a player acquisition and contract decisions," Partnow said.

The goal is to use the information to form "a fuller understanding of what actually matters in terms of winning or losing games," he said.

Partnow was a frequent guest on RealGM Radio before moving to his front office role with his last appearance coming in May.

 

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Khris Middleton's Hamstring Was Torn Off Bone

Nov 28, 2016 11:55 AM

When Khris Middleton suffered a torn hamstring in September during an informal workout, it actually was torn completely off the bone.

“That’s a pretty rare injury; that’s unusual,’’ said a league official.

Multiple NBA officials said they're unaware of any player in recent years sustaining a similar injury.

At the time of Middleton’s setback, Bucks officials said Middleton would be sidelined for “approximately six months.’’

Middleton is back on the court again two months after the injury. While he is incapable of running and cutting, he is nevertheless working on his game.

“I’ve been doing some shooting; I’m just trying to get back into a little shooting form,’’ said Middleton.

Middleton is optimistic about returning this season.

“I think I’ll be back at some point this season,’’ Middleton said. “When? I just don’t know yet.’’

Gery Woelfel/Woelfel's Press Box

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Bucks Recall Rashad Vaughn From D-League

Nov 23, 2016 12:12 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have recalled guard Rashad Vaughn from the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League.

Assigned to Westchester on November 19, Vaughn appeared in two games for the Knicks and averaged 11.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game.

Vaughn was the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of UNLV.

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Bucks Shorten Center Rotation, Play More Smallball

Nov 22, 2016 1:21 PM

Jason Kidd discussed the possibility of continuing to use only two centers, John Henson and Miles Plumlee, which further calls the future of Greg Monroe with the Milwaukee Bucks into question.

Monroe has played in fewer than 10 minutes in each of the Bucks' past three games and only played on Monday due to foul trouble for Henson and Plumlee.

The Bucks didn't use a traditional center at all for much of the second half of their win over the Magic.

"Sometimes we get confused on small ball," Kidd said. "We're not rolling out 6-4, 6-5 and 6-6. There are 7-footers. Small ball is just a term that we use, but there are a lot of guys that are tall.

"When you talk about Giannis; Mirza is not small. (Michael) Beasley is not small. You're putting your best group out there to go against their best group.

"When you talk about Ibaka, he can play the 5. Biyombo can play the 5 or 4. Small ball isn't like it used to be when you have three point guards out there who are 6-2 or 6-1.

"When you look at Giannis, he can play the 5 or play the 1 at 7 feet tall."

Matt Velazquez/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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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.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kings Reject Bucks' Offer Of Michael Carter-Williams For Ben McLemore
The Bucks have a need at shooting guard with Khris Middleton out for approximately six months with a hamstring injury.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Bucks Waive Jabari Brown
Jabari Brown didn't appear in the Bucks' preseason game against the Bulls.

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Khris Middleton Undergoes Successful Hamstring Surgery
Khris Middleton is expected to be sidelined for approximately six months.

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Bucks Acquire Michael Beasley From Rockets For Tyler Ennis
The Rockets signed Michael Beasley at the end of the 15-16 season after he was finished with his season in China.

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Bucks To Sign Jaleel Roberts To Camp Deal
Jaleel Roberts played Summer League in 2015 with the Wizards and also was with them for training camp.

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Khris Middleton To Undergo Surgery For Torn Hamstring
Khris Middleton has suffered a torn hamstring and will undergo surgery.

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Jabari Brown To Sign Camp Deal With Bucks
Jabari Brown averaged 32.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in China last season.

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J.J. O'Brien Signs Camp Deal With Bucks
J.J. O'Brien averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 36.0 minutes over 46 games last season in the D-League for the Stampede.

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Stacey Augmon To Join Bucks' Coaching Staff
Stacey Augmon has spent the past five seasons as an assistant for UNLV.

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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux, Nate Duncan of the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast break down the Central Division.

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