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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

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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

Tags: Matt Dellavedova, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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.’’

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Tags: Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Injury

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

Tags: Greg Monroe, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

Bucks, Grizzlies, Mavs No Longer Staying At Trump Hotels

Nov 15, 2016 9:22 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have moved away from Trump hotels in New York City and Chicago, which bear Donald Trump's name through a licensing agreement.

Another Eastern Conference team contracted to stay at the Trump SoHo in New York this season has likewise already decided to switch to a different property in Manhattan when its current contract expires at season's end and that the Trump association is among the factors for the switch.

Seven other NBA teams are still currently scheduled to stay at Trump-branded properties this season.

Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban are both high-profile supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The Trump SoHo has emerged in recent years as an increasingly popular property throughout the league because more teams are coming to New York for two-game trips since the Nets moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn starting with the 2012-13 season.

Marc Stein, Zahc Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

RealGM Radio: Extension/Option Deadline With Dan Feldman

Nov 1, 2016 11:58 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast (@DanFeldmanNBA) break down the NBA’s rookie scale extension and option deadline.

They review just-announced extensions for Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo, Rudy Gobert, Cody Zeller and Gorgui Dieng along with previously agreed-to deals for Giannis Antetokounmpo, CJ McCollum and Dennis Schroder.

After that, they discuss some of the significant option decisions including RJ Hunter and James Young for the Celtics, Adreian Payne for the Timberwolves and Nik Stauskas with the 76ers. 

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, RealGM Radio

Ray Allen Announces He Will Remain Retired

Nov 1, 2016 9:30 AM

Ray Allen has announced he will remain retired and won't pursue opportunities to resume his NBA playing career.

Allen hasn't played since the 13-14 season with the Miami Heat.

Allen made the announcement on The Players Tribune in a letter to his 13-year-old self.

"I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game. I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself...

"Now, the most important question in your life isn’t, “Who am I supposed to be?” or even, “What do I have to do to win another championship?”

"It’s, “Daddy, guess what happened in math class today?”

"That’s the reward that awaits you at the end of your journey.

"Go to the court. Stay at the court.

"Get your work in, young fella.

"Most people will never really get to know the real you. But they’ll know your work."

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Tags: Ray Allen, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Bucks Unlikely To Sign Tony Snell To Extension

Oct 30, 2016 8:15 PM

Tony Snell is unlikely to sign a contract extension with the Milwaukee Bucks before the Nov. 1st deadline and will become a restricted free agent in 2017.

The Bucks acquired Snell in a trade during training camp for Michael Carter-Williams.

Snell was the 20th overall pick in 2013 out of New Mexico by the Chicago Bulls. 

Snell is a career 35.1 percent three-point shooter in the NBA.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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.

Zach Lowe, Marc Stein/ESPN

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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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Bucks Accused Of Not Testing Larry Sanders For Concussion In 2014
Larry Sanders became more tentative putting his body on the line after that injury.

Mike Piellucci/Vice

Xavier Henry Signs Camp Deal With Bucks
Xavier Henry ruptured his left Achilles tendon early in the 14-15 season while with the Lakers.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Steve Novak Re-Signs With Bucks
Steve Novak appeared in just three games before a left knee injury forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

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Jason Terry Close To Deal With Bucks
Jason Terry was teammates with Jason Kidd with Dallas and he also played for him with Brooklyn.

Marc Stein/ESPN