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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

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.

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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."

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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.

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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
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Bucks Shorten Center Rotation, Play More Smallball
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Bucks, Grizzlies, Mavs No Longer Staying At Trump Hotels
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RealGM Radio: Extension/Option Deadline With Dan Feldman
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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
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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'
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Bucks Preparing For Greg Monroe To Opt-In For 17-18
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Bucks Exercise Fourth-Year Contract On Jabari Parker
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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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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.

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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
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Bucks To Sign Jaleel Roberts To Camp Deal
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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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