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Carter-Williams Believes Giannis At PG Has Been 'Blown Out Of Prorportion'

Apr 15, 2016 12:26 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo emerged this season playing point guard but Michael Carter-Williams isn't willing to concede the role.

The Milwaukee Bucks lost Carter-Williams due to a torn labrum in his left hip for the final 23 games.

Jason Kidd has named Antetokounmpo as the Bucks' point guard heading into next season.

"I think this Giannis playing point guard next year got a little out of hand," Carter-Williams said during exit interviews Thursday. "I think he is definitely going to control the ball a lot more, but he's not going to guard a point guard. I'll be guarding the point guard."

Carter-Williams believes he and Antetokounmpo can coexist.

"I think that whole, 'What am I going to do now because Giannis is the point guard,' thing is a little bit blown out of proportion," Carter-Williams said.

"To be honest I don't think too much is going to change. Giannis is a talented guy, he's a potential star in this league. I think if it helps the team with him getting the ball through the offense more than that's what we want to do."

Matt Velazquez/Journal Sentinel

Tags: Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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Jason Kidd's Tenure With Bucks On Shaky Ground

Apr 11, 2016 9:42 PM

Jason Kidd has received some criticism privately from the owners of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Marc Lasry, one of the Bucks' tri-majority owners, is a close friend of Kidd and brought him to the franchise.

Some believe Kidd's heart isn't into coach and were disappointed he scheduled hip surgery for the middle of the season when it could have been done in the offseason.

Kidd's coaching abilities and player personnel decision-making have been questioned.

The Bucks haven't been the same since they traded Brandon Knight in a deal for Michael Carter-Williams.

Gery Woelfel/Journal Times

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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John Hammond Could Move From Bucks To Pelicans In Offseason

Apr 11, 2016 9:00 PM

John Hammond could soon be fired or step down as general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Hammond received a one-year extension from the Bucks a year ago.

Hammond is expected to end up in a similar position with the New Orleans Pelicans to reunite with Joe Dumars.

The future of Jason Kidd is also in doubt as he hasn't endeared himself to the ownership of the Bucks beyond Marc Lasry.

The Bucks somewhat surprisingly reached the playoffs in 2015 but regressed in 2016.

Gery Woelfel/Journal Times

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Remain Bucks' Point Guard Next Season

Mar 29, 2016 2:07 PM

Jason Kidd has said Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the Milwaukee Bucks' point guard heading into next season.

Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have played better since he moved to point guard.

"We're going to go forward with (Giannis) handling the ball," said Kidd. "You can call him point guard, point forward, point center.

"With him having the ball and the pressure he puts on the defense and his ability to find guys, it's been a plus for us."

Charles Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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Hammond: Giannis Is A 15-Foot Jumper, Corner-3 Away From Becoming All-Star

Mar 21, 2016 1:56 PM

John Hammond was asked about what he expects to see from Giannis Antetokounmpo in three or four years as he continues to develop for the Milwaukee Bucks.

“I’ll tell you this: Giannis, at 21, needs two simple things to become an All Star, from this moment that we’re speaking: to score the open jump shots from 15-16 feet and three-pointers from the corners,” said Hammond.

Hammond was also asked what position suits Antetokounmpo best.

“He’s a forward. I said it when we selected Jabari Parker in the draft as well. Many are not aware that Parker is also really good with the ball in his hands and that he can set up and execute plays. It’s very important for us for these two to learn to play really well together. For Giannis, I’ll say the same things I said when they asked me who he is, in the summer of 2013, when we selected him. He’s a guy who knows how to play the game well and he has a good perception, he can see everything on the court. He was this kind of a player since he was young! With a special feel for the game and a good perception. We are very happy that, lately, Giannis has been using these gifts that he has in his games, with very good results for the team.”

Hammond acknowledges the Bucks were lucky in drafting Antetokounmpo.

“We were lucky! I honestly believe that. Many times I hear people saying that, in the case of Antetokounmpo, Hammond saw something that the others didn’t see. Not so. We’re all very good scouts, we all collect the right data and, from there, it’s just a matter of the numbers you pick and which players you can get. I didn’t see anything different from what everyone else saw in Giannis. We were just very lucky to have the number 15. Giannis hadn’t been selected by any other team until we got to 15, and so we got him!”

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

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Matt Barnes Runs After John Henson In Tunnel After Ejections

Mar 17, 2016 10:58 PM

In the closing seconds of the Memphis Grizzlies' loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Matt Barnes had a lay-up blocked emphatically by John Henson.

Henson and Barnes picked up a double-technical for jawing at each other and then Henson was given a second technical for taunting. Barnes took exception to the blocked shot by Henson.

Henson headed into the tunnel.

Several seconds later when Barnes was given a second technical, he ran down the tunnel presumably after henson with staffers of the Grizzlies chasing behind.

Photographs of Barnes' ex-wife and Derek Fisher on vacation also surfaced on Thursday.

According to Aron Yohannes of SBNation, Barnes was escorted out of the arena with two security beside him.

Kevin Draper/Deadspin

Tags: John Henson, Matt Barnes, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Bucks Release Renderings Of New Arena (Photos)

Mar 17, 2016 12:46 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have released an updated set of renderings of the new multi-purpose arena planned to anchor a world-class sports and entertainment district in downtown Milwaukee.

These images reflect the plans submitted for the final stage of the design approval process with the city and local public officials before construction on the new arena can begin this summer.

“We’re just months away from seeing the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks and our collective efforts to revitalize Milwaukee begin to move from vision to reality,” said Bucks president Peter Feigin. “These plans reflect the commitment of our ownership, generosity of Senator Kohl and historic collaboration with public officials to build a world-class sports and entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. We look forward to working closely with public officials and the entire community over the next several months to finalize the design and construction plans so that we can begin to create long-lasting jobs and economic opportunity in Milwaukee.”

The exterior design for the new arena is inspired by Milwaukee’s proud architectural heritage and bold outlook, coupled with the region’s natural environment of rivers, lakes and forests. The hand-crafted zinc patina exterior, punctuated by nodes of glass to highlight activity within, will create an iconic architectural image that will anchor the surrounding development.

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Bucks Use Hardship Exception To Sign Jared Cunningham To 10-Day

Mar 16, 2016 12:44 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jared Cunningham to a 10-day contract pursuant to the NBA’s hardship exception.

Cunningham, 24, most recently played for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League, where he appeared in three games (all starts) and averaged 17.3 points, 4.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 32.0 minutes per game. He began the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he appeared in 40 games (three starts) and averaged 2.6 points in 8.9 minutes per game before being traded to, and waived by, Orlando on Feb. 18.

The Oregon State product was originally selected by Cleveland in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft with the 24th overall pick. He has played in 80 total NBA games with Dallas, Atlanta, Sacramento, the L.A. Clippers and Cleveland.

The NBA’s hardship exception is a temporary roster spot that allows teams to exceed the 15-man maximum roster. A hardship can be deemed to exist when a team has four players who are sick or injured and have missed at least three consecutive games, and will continue to be unable to play as determined through an independent physician.

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Tags: Jared Cunningham, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jared Cunningham Likely To Sign 10-Day Contract With Bucks

Mar 15, 2016 7:36 PM

Jared Cunningham is close to agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks on a 10-day contract.

Cunningham has been playing for the Idaho Stampede of the D-League.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Jared Cunningham, Milwaukee Bucks, Idaho Stampede, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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O.J. Mayo Out For Season With Fractured Ankle

Mar 10, 2016 3:59 PM

O.J. Mayo has suffered a fracture in his ankle and will miss the rest of the season.

Mayo may need surgery to repair the fracture.

In 41 games (24 starts) this season, Mayo has averaged 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.17 steals in 26.6 minutes per contest.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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

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Bucks Have 109.1 Offensive Efficiency With Giannis Antetokounmpo At Point
Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 19.9 points, 10.9 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game in the nine games since the All-Star break.

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Michael Carter-Williams To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery On Left Hip
Michael Carter-Williams has averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, a team-high 5.2 assists and 1.48 steals in 30.5 minutes.

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Blazers Pursued Trade With Bucks For Greg Monroe Before Deadline
The Blazers could explore a trade for Greg Monroe again in the offseason with the assets of their first round pick, a young player on a good contract and cap space.

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Steve Novak Out For Season With Sprained MCL
Steve Novak underwent an MRI examination this morning that revealed a sprained medial collateral ligament.

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Bucks Using Giannis Antetokounmpo At Point Guard
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals and four blocks in their win over the Lakers.

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Bucks Turned Down Jeff Teague For Khris Middleton Offer From Hawks
The Hawks had interest in moving Jeff Teague to the Bucks for Khris Middleton.

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Bucks Expected To Sign Steve Novak
Steve Novak played collegiately at Marquette and also went to high school in Wisconsin.

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Bucks, Wolves Unable To Gain Traction On New Ricky Rubio Talks
The Wolves have been reportedly considering moving on from Ricky Rubio to acquire a point guard who is a better perimeter shooter.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Bucks Interested In Mirza Teletovic
The Bucks' largest trade exception is just $5.2 million while Mirza Teletovic's salary is $5.5 million.

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Bucks Rule Out Trading Greg Monroe
Teams have placed calls to the Bucks on Greg Monroe, but the conversations didn't advance with the message being there was zero chance of a trade.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Bucks, Knicks Have Interest In Ricky Rubio
Jason Kidd has long been enamored with Ricky Rubio.

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Pelicans, Bucks Have Discussed Greg Monroe Trade
Greg Monroe is originally from Louisiana and could be a good fit beside Anthony Davis.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Bucks Rejecting Trade Calls On Jabari Parker But MCW Remains Available
The Bucks acquired Michael Carter-Williams before the 2015 trade deadline.

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76ers Had No Interest In Brandon Knight For MCW Straight-Up
The Bucks and 76ers had a stalemate on their talks but that broke when the Suns entered the picture as they owned the Lakers' pick.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Larry Sanders Plans NBA Return As Soon As Off-Court Pursuits Stabilize
Larry Sanders receives $1.86 million per year until 2022 through his buyout with the Bucks.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Bucks Interested In Trading Michael Carter-Williams, Greg Monroe
The Bucks are interested in making another major trade ahead of this year's deadline in an attempt to fix their issues.

Gery Woelfel/Racine Journal Times

Jason Kidd To Return Next Week Ahead Of Schedule
The Bucks are 8-7 with Joe Prunty serving as interim head coach.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Jabari Parker Asked To Defend Opposing Team's Wings
Jabari Parker has recently received the difficult defensive assignments for the Bucks against scoring wings like Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Kawhi Leonard.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Bucks Haven't Yet Shopped Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe is on a two-plus-one contract with the Bucks, meaning he can opt out in 2017.

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Klay Thompson Expected To Be Picked By Bucks In 2011
The Bucks traded the pick to the Kings, who picked Jimmer Fredette while they ended up with Tobias Harris at No. 19.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post