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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard Named Players Of The Month For March

Apr 3, 2017 5:12 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard have been named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in March.
 
Antetokounmpo helped the Bucks finish an Eastern Conference-best 14-4 in March, the franchise’s first calendar month with at least 14 victories since going 16-2 in February 1971.  The 22-year-old from Greece averaged 22.4 points (ninth in the East), 8.4 rebounds (10th in the East), 4.8 assists, 1.78 blocked shots (fourth in the East) and 1.33 steals in 18 games. He also shot 51.4 percent from the field, his fifth straight month above 50.0. Antetokounmpo posted five point-rebound double-doubles during the month, including three that featured more than 30 points each. The All-Star forward capped the month by recording 28 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in a 108-105 overtime victory against the Detroit Pistons on March 31.     
Behind Lillard, the Trail Blazers went an NBA-best 13-3 in March to surge into eighth place in the Western Conference. Lillard ranked third in the NBA in scoring (29.1 ppg) and tied for fourth in three-pointers made (55) to go with 6.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.44 steals in 16 games. The 26-year-old guard shot 48.3 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from three-point range and 87.7 percent from the free throw line.  Lillard posted eight games with at least 30 points, including a season-high 49-point performance in a 115-104 road win over the Miami Heat on March 19. He matched a career high with nine three-pointers and hit 12-of-12 at the free throw line against Miami.    

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Jason Kidd, Terry Stotts Named Coaches Of The Month

Apr 3, 2017 2:49 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks’ Jason Kidd and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Terry Stotts were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in March. 
 
Kidd led the Bucks to an Eastern Conference-best 14-4 record, the franchise’s first calendar month with at least 14 victories since going 16-2 in February 1971.  Milwaukee had identical 7-2 records at home and away from the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  The road success featured wins over the East-leading Boston Celtics, the playoff-bound LA Clippers and the surging Trail Blazers.  The Bucks finished March in fifth place in the East – which is their current standing – after starting the month in 10th.        
 
Stotts guided the Trail Blazers to an NBA-best 13-3 record in March as Portland climbed into eighth place in the Western Conference.  Portland went 6-1 on the road, including victories against two West playoff teams, the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Trail Blazers closed the month on a five-game winning streak, highlighted by a 117-107 home victory over the West’s third-place team, the Houston Rockets, on March 30.  Stotts’ team led the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (41.7) and ranked third in field goal percentage (48.7) and fourth in scoring (111.3 ppg).          

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Bucks Sign Gary Payton II To Multi-Year Contract

Apr 2, 2017 1:06 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Gary Payton II to a multi-year contract. 

Payton, 24, appeared in 49 games (all starts) with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League this season, and averaged 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 32.7 minutes per game while shooting 49.8 percent from the field.

A 6-3 guard, Payton went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft after playing two seasons at Oregon State. Payton averaged 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.8 steals in 63 games with the Beavers and became the first player to be voted Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year two times. He was also an All-Pac-12 First Team selection during both of his seasons at Oregon State.

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Bucks Waive Terrence Jones

Apr 1, 2017 7:39 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on forward Terrence Jones.

Jones, 25, was signed to a contract on March 4, and appeared in three games for the Bucks.

Jones was previously waived by the New Orleans Pelicans.

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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

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Bucks To Own D-League Team In Oshkosh For 17-18 Season
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Bucks Trade Miles Plumlee To Hornets For Roy Hibbert, Spencer Hawes
The Bucks have agreed to trade Miles Plumlee to the Hornets for Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes.

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Bucks Concerned For Status Of Thon Maker Due To Travel Ban
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Jabari Parker Punished For Disclosing Locker Room Discourse
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Khris Middleton Could Return By All-Star Break
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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
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Jason Kidd: Giannis Could Become Combination Of LeBron, Dirk
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Matthew Dellavedova 'Couldn't Pass Up Opportunity' With Bucks
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Seth Partnow Went From Blogger To Bucks' Front Office In Three Years
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Khris Middleton's Hamstring Was Torn Off Bone
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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
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
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Ray Allen Announces He Will Remain Retired
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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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