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Nuggets Were Close To Trade With Suns For Eric Bledsoe

Nov 16, 2017 8:41 AM

The Denver Nuggets were close to a trade with the Phoenix Suns for Eric Bledsoe.

The deal would have included Emmanuel Mudiay and a first round pick, but talks ultimately collapsed.

Phoenix traded Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for protected first round pick and second round picks, along with Greg Monroe.

"We chase every opportunity to improve ourselves," Tim Connelly said. "We've had a lot of excellent players offered to us for our young talent. There's a fine line between overvaluing your own players and being too aggressive chasing short-term results."

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Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jason Kidd Fined $15,000 For Criticism Of Referees

Nov 9, 2017 4:14 PM

Jason Kidd has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating. 

The comments were made following the Bucks’ 124-119 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Jon Horst: Eric Bledsoe Has Bucks' DNA

Nov 8, 2017 10:19 AM

Jon Horst explained why the Milwaukee Bucks decided to trade for Eric Bledsoe this week.

"I think this was the right deal because we were able to add someone that’s dynamic, another dynamic player that can score the ball, that can play-make for others, that has defensive toughness, athleticism and strength," said Horst. "And we were able to do that with effectively giving up one of the pieces of our core, as we’ve talked about publicly. Also, the Bucks DNA thing we’ve talked about is real. He is a high-character guy, highly talented, he has positional versatility, he can play on the ball and off the ball and he’s got great toughness.”

Horst was asked if he was concerned about how Bledsoe's tenure with the Suns ended.

“No, because with everything we do we do our due diligence. In surveying the league and getting that information, to a person everyone thinks very highly of Eric. I think in this business sometimes the business aspect of it takes over. … I think he was in a tough situation. We had a franchise that was trying to go in one direction, a player that wanted to be competitive in a different direction and those two things pulled at each other and it kind of resulted in what we all saw. That was of very little consideration for us, really all through this.”

Matt Velazquez/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Signs Endorsement Deal With Nike

Nov 7, 2017 12:39 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo has signed an endorsement deal with Nike.

Antetokounmpo was the NBA's most coveted sneaker free agents this year.

Antetokounmpo came into the NBA as an endorser of Nike.

According to Nick DePaula and Darren Rovell, Nike will create a signature shoe for Antetokounmpo  over the next 14 to 18 months.

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Bucks Acquire Eric Bledsoe From Suns

Nov 7, 2017 10:20 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns have agreed upon a trade of Eric Bledsoe for Greg Monroe and a first round pick and a second round pick.

The Bucks' first round pick will be conveyed to Phoenix if it falls between 11 and 16, 4-16 in 2019, 8-30 in 2020 before it becomes unprotected altogether in 2021. The Suns will also receive a second round pick in 2018 if it falls between picks 48 and 60. If the pick is not conveyed in 2018, it is extinguished 

Bledsoe was sent home by the Suns at the end of the first week of the season while they searched for a trade partner. Bledsoe previously had met with Suns owner Robert Sarver and McDonough during the preseason and requested a trade.

Bledsoe has two seasons and $29 million remaining on his five-year, $70 million contract.

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Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Believes Playing In Small Market Has Helped Career

Nov 3, 2017 10:23 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo believes playing in one of the NBA's smaller markets has helped him become a better player.

“I’m a low-profile guy,” Antetokounmpo said. “I don’t like all these flashy cities like L.A. or Miami. I don’t know if I could be the same player if I played in those cities.”

Antetokounmpo can become a free agent in 2021 when his four-year, $100 million extension expires.

“I got loyalty inside my DNA,” wrote Antetokounmpo on Twitter in July.

Antetokounmpo father, Charles Antetokounmpo, passed away in September at the age of 54. Antetokounmpo has been leaning even further on his adopted hometown of Milwaukee since.

“I can feel the love from the city every day I step on the floor,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “For me, what I’m going through now, I appreciate it even more.”

“I really don’t see Giannis going anywhere,” Michael Redd said. “Even in the future.

“With what he’s doing on the court, it’s going to automatically draw people to come play with him. I know people have that stigma about Milwaukee. But it won’t be hard for him to attract talent here. I just want a ring when they get a ring.”

Antetokounmpo will help the Bucks open their new arena.

“There’s a lot of things you can do in Milwaukee, too,” Antetokounmpo said proudly.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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

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Bucks Decline 18-19 Option On Rashad Vaughn

Nov 1, 2017 10:21 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks declined their fourth-year option on Rashad Vaughn.

Vaughn was the Bucks' first round pick in 2015.

Vaughn's slotted salary for 2018-'19 would have been $2.9 million. The Bucks are facing luxury tax concerns and could sign a cheaper player for Vaughn's roster spot.

Matt Velazquez/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Giannis Covers 32.6 Percent More Ground Than Average Player Off Dribble

Oct 26, 2017 11:47 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo is perhaps an unprecedented talent when it comes to his length and quickness moving up the floor.

Antetokounmpo covers an average distance of just over 15 feet when driving in for a layup or dunk off just one dribble, according to an analysis run by STATS SportVu at FiveThirtyEight’s request. The average player covers just 10.8 feet on similar plays, which is a difference of 32.6 percent.

Antetokounmpo is averaging 36.8 points, 10.8 boards and 5.3 assists per game heading into Thursday’s matchup with Boston. 

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

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Oct 23, 2017 3:09 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 1.

Antetokounmpo averaged 38.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game with a True Shooting Percentage of .709.

Harden averaged 27.7 points, 9.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.

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Bucks, Knicks, Nuggets Interested In Trading For Eric Bledsoe

Oct 23, 2017 3:05 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks are amongst the teams that have expressed interest in trading for Eric Bledsoe.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the New York Knicks also have interest.

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports the Denver Nuggets have held discussions with the Suns and are building a package centered on Emmanuel Mudiay.

Ryan McDonough has publicly confirmed that the Suns intend to trade Bledsoe.

"We’re getting a lot of calls and I’ll return some of those calls when I’m done with you guys," McDonough said.

"This is a turning of the page. We're just trying to change the culture and building a foundation for long-term success."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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