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Thunder Were 'Especially Interested' In Drafting Khris Middleton In 2012

Feb 21, 2019 9:52 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder were "especially interested" in drafting Khris Middleton at the 2012 NBA Draft.

The Thunder instead selected Perry Jones III at No. 28 with Middleton going 39th overall to the Detroit Pistons.

Oklahoma City traded away James Harden several months later.

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Tags: Khris Middleton, Perry Jones, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Kevin Garnett Wants Giannis To Add 'One-Dribble, Two-Dribble Pull Up" To His Game

Feb 17, 2019 4:59 PM

Kevin Garnett says he wants to see Giannis Antetokounmpo add a pull up jumper to his game. 

"The one-dribble and two-dribble pull up. That’s what made Kobe [Bryant] and Michael [Jordan] so tough. They would low dribble, jab step and shoot. That was such a hard move to defend. The one-dribble pull up? You don’t even understand how technical of a move that is...the three ball will help his game, and if he ever gets that one-dribble, two-dribble pull up, that would be unbelievable," said Garnett when asked what Antetokounmpo could do to improve his game.

Garnett added that Antetokounmpo's competitive nature was honed playing alongside the previous generation.

"When Giannis first came into the league, he was facing guys like myself, Kobe and Tim Duncan. We were still in the league when he came in. He was not only able to interact but also get some of those yesteryear gems and glimpses from us. He was super competitive when he first came into the league...he’s very intense. I understood that. We connected off that. He’s a great listener. A total sponge. He wants to be the best. He doesn’t care about being liked, about making friends. He has a vision for himself."

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

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Play In FIBA World Championships This Summer

Feb 16, 2019 1:23 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo will suit up for Greece in the FIBA World Championships this summer.

The 32-team tournament begins in China on August 31st.

Greece has already qualified for the tournament. 

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

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Raptors Sought Trade For Nikola Mirotic Before Pivoting To Marc Gasol

Feb 15, 2019 5:44 PM

The Toronto Raptors were interested in trading for Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans at the trade deadline.

The Raptors and Pelicans worked together on a three-way trade that would have sent Delon Wright to the Orlando Magic.

The Pelicans instead traded Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks, which led the Raptors to pivot to their acquisition of Marc Gasol instead.

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Tags: Marc Gasol, Nikola Mirotic, Delon Wright, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton on the Revamped Eastern Conference

Feb 12, 2019 4:53 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Kevin Pelton of ESPN (@kpelton) talk about the state of the NBA after the trade deadline. 

They discuss the new hierarchy in the Eastern Conference, what they are watching between now and the playoffs, potential impacts on 2019 free agency and much more.

 

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, RealGM Radio

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NBA Fines Marc Lasry $25,000 For Comments On Anthony Davis

Feb 11, 2019 5:48 PM

Marc Lasry has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for comments he made on Anthony Davis.

Lasry is one of the co-owners of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Davis listed the Bucks as one of the teams he would have interest in signing with long-term.

"I saw that report, and I think it's great," Lasry told Sporting News. "It's a little bit of what we want. We want players to come and play in Milwaukee. And part of it is, when you're winning and you're setting a standard for excellence, people see that. People want to win."

He continued: "We hope it would be players like Anthony Davis and others who want to come to Milwaukee."

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Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Fines

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Marc Lasry: We Want Players Like Anthony Davis To Want To Join Bucks

Feb 8, 2019 4:55 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks were on the preferred list of teams Anthony Davis would like to be traded to by the New Orleans Pelicans.

"I saw that report, and I think it’s great," Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry said. "It’s a little bit of what we want. We want players to come and play in Milwaukee. And part of it is, when you’re winning and you’re setting a standard for excellence, people see that. People want to win.

"It doesn’t make a difference if you’re in Milwaukee, New York or LA. The whole goal is winning. So we hope it would be players like Anthony Davis and others who want to come to Milwaukee."

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Tags: Anthony Davis, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA

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76ers, Pelicans Discussed Markelle Fultz For Nikola Mirotic Trade

Feb 8, 2019 9:54 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers and New Orleans Pelicans discussed the framework of a Markelle Fultz for Nikola Mirotic deal before the Tobias Harris trade.

Mirotic was eventually traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, while Fultz was traded by the 76ers to the Orlando Magic for Jonathon Simmons and a future first round pick.

The 76ers traded away two first round picks in the deal for Harris.

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Tags: Tobias Harris, Nikola Mirotic, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Agree To Acquire Nikola Mirotic From Pelicans

Feb 7, 2019 12:57 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to acquire Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans for Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson. The Pelicans will also receive four second round picks form the Bucks with two of them coming from the Washington Wizards in 2020 and 2021.

Mirotic gives the Bucks another floor spacing big.

The Bucks acquired Johnson from the Pistons earlier in the week.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Nikola Mirotic, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Acquire Stanley Johnson From Pistons For Thon Maker

Feb 6, 2019 11:34 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to trade Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons for Stanley Johnson.

Johnson is entering restricted free agency this offseason and has long been available.

Maker requested a trade from the Bucks.

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Tags: Stanley Johnson, Thon Maker, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic Named NBA Players Of The Week
Nikola Jokic averaged 22.0 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists as the Nuggets went 4-0.

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Anthony Davis Has Lakers, Knicks, Bucks, Clippers On List
Anthony Davis has a list of four teams he's willing to sign with long-term.

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Khris Middleton Says He And Giannis Want To Stay With Bucks For Entire Career
Middleton stated that it's not about the market size, but about being on the right team.

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Thon Maker Drawing Trade Interest, Does Not Play Versus Wizards
Maker recently requested a trade to a team where he could get consistent minutes.

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Mike Budenholzer To Coach Team Giannis In All-Star Game
Budenholzer previously coached in the All-Star Game in 2015.

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Thon Maker Wants More Playing Time, Looking For Trade From Bucks
Maker has averaged just 10 minute per game since January 1st.

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Giannis Wants To Pick Russell Westbrook, Joel Embiid For All-Star Team
Westbrook and Embiid clashed during Thunder's 117-115 win over the 76ers last week.

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Bucks Sign Bonzie Colson To Two-Way Deal
Bonzie Colson was playing for the Canton Charge of the G League.

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Bucks Waive Jaylen Morris From Two-Way Deal
Jaylen Morris appeared in four games with the Bucks this season and averaged 2.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 7.1 minutes per game.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Not Ready To Think About MVP Candidacy
Giannis Antetokounmpo had an excellent all-around game against fellow MVP candidate James Harden.

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James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo Named Players Of The Month
The Rockets were 11-4 in December with James Harden averaging 36.4 points, 7.9 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.80 steals.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden Named Players Of The Week
Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 30.7 points, 12.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.3 steals per game.

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Bucks Granted Salary Relief For Mirza Teletovic's $10.5M Salary
Mirza Teletovic was diagnosed with pulmonary emboli in both lungs.

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Ersan Ilyasova Out With Fractured Nose
Ersan Ilyasova is averaging 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 19.9 minutes per game.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Anthony Davis: Come To The Bucks
Both Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis laughed after the exchange.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Doesn't Want To Work Out With NBA Stars
Antetokounmpo turned down Carmelo Anthony's invitation to play in a pickup game last summer to work out with Kobe Bryant.

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Bucks Acquire Jason Smith From Wizards As Part Of Three-Way Trade
The Cavaliers and Wizards will swap second round picks as part of the deal.

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Bucks Acquire George Hill From Cavs For John Henson, Matthew Dellavedova, Picks
The draft picks being traded to the Cavaliers from the Bucks are in 2021.

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Tobias Harris, Giannis Antetokounmpo Named Players Of The Month For Oct, Nov
Tobias Harris helped lead the Clippers to a 15-6 record over the first two months of the season, behind averages of 21.7 points and 8.7 rebounds.

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John Henson Undergoes Successful Wrist Surgery
John Henson had his torn left wrist ligament repaired.

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