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Deandre Ayton, Giannis Antetokounmpo Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Nov 28, 2022 3:32 PM

Deandre Ayton and Giannis Antetokounmpo have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 6.

Ayton averaged 23.7 points and 16.0 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns went 3-0.

Antetokounmpo averaged 35.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists as the Milwaukee Bucks went 3-1.

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Bucks Assign Khris Middleton, Wesley Matthews To Wisconsin Herd

Nov 21, 2022 10:23 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks assigned Khris Middleton and Wesley Matthews to their G League affiliate Wisconsin Herd on Monday.

Middleton, who has yet to make his season debut, is currently recovering from offseason wrist surgery.

“He’s been making progress, probably steady and slow. Today was another good day. We’ll just continue to see how he feels tomorrow. Hopefully, he can be doing a little bit more each day," said Mike Budenholzer about Middleton on Sunday.

Matthews has missed three games due to right hamstring soreness and will rehab with the Herd. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Montrezl Harrell Involved In Confrontation Following Sixers' Win

Nov 19, 2022 1:31 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Montrezl Harrell were involved in a confrontation following the Philadelphia 76ers' 110-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

The confrontation occurred as Antetokounmpo shot free throws as fans left the arena. Harrell then took the ball from Antetokounmpo.

“This isn’t f—— Milwaukee. Get that s— out of there," yelled Harrell, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

Antetokounmpo, who left the court after Harrell refused to return the ball, came back with two basketballs.

Antetokounmpo then pushed a ladder away from the front of the hoop and returned to shooting free throws as Harrell continued to yell.

After Antetokounmpo left the court for the second time, Thanasis Antetokounmpo attempted to speak to Harrell. Harrell reportedly responded by saying “I’ll beat your a–” and “you better send that s— back to the locker room.”

Antetokounmpo finished the game with 25 points while only shooting 4-of-15 from the free throw line. Harrell finished with 1 point in 5 minutes. 

 

 

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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Montrezl Harrell, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Bucks Considered Most Likely Team To Trade For Jae Crowder

Nov 18, 2022 2:20 PM

The Phoenix Suns have reportedly been closing in on a trade of Jae Crowder and the Milwaukee Bucks are considered the most likely team to acquire him. The Bucks have scoured the league for a team to take on Grayson Allen and a final version of the Crowder deal is likely to involve a third team.

"People around the situation have said Milwaukee is the most likely team to land him," said Jake Fischer on Thursday on 'Please Don't Aggregate This'. 

Crowder will be a free agent this offseason and is seeking a three-year deal worth at least $30 million.

The Bucks have looked for a replacement of PJ Tucker since he departed for the Miami Heat in the 2021 offseason.

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Tags: Jae Crowder, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Exploring Trade Market Of Grayson Allen

Nov 11, 2022 10:23 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have called numerous teams to gauge the trade value of Grayson Allen, sources tell Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports.

Allen signed a two-year, $20 million extension with the Bucks before the 2021 season. Allen struggled to defend during Milwaukee's second round loss to the Boston Celtics last season in which he played extended minutes with Khris Middleton injured.

The Bucks have long registered interest in Jae Crowder, who is on an expiring contract. 

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Tags: Grayson Allen, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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NBA, NBPA Expected To Revisit Tampering Rules

Nov 1, 2022 8:46 AM

The NBA has attempted to crack down on teams tampering with opposing players in recent years. After a wave of punishments, the league and the NBPA are expected to revisit rules around tampering with pending free agents.

The NBA pushed the start of the free agent negotiating period up to 6:00 PM ET on June 30. This was after years of free agency opening at midnight on July 1, with many deals being agreed to immediately upon free agency opening. That six-hour head start still hasn't proven to be enough for many teams.

The league voided an agreed-to deal between the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings in the 2020 offseason, because the teams got an early jump on the negotiations. The Bucks were forced to forfeit a second-round pick for tampering with Bogdan Bogdanovic, who was set to be a restricted free agent.

The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat were also forced to forfeit second-round picks after jumping the gun on free agent negotiations. The Bulls and Heat had agreed to sign-and-trade deals too early with Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry, respectively.

This week, the NBA took away two second-round picks from the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers were punished after they were found to have reached early agreements with P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr. In addition, the league is still in the midst of an investigation into the New York Knicks signing of Jalen Brunson.

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Warriors-Suns Averages 2.32M Viewers, Most Viewership On ESPN And TNT Up From Last Year

Oct 30, 2022 12:17 PM

Entering the weekend, 9 out of 12 games on ESPN and TNT posted an increase in viewers from last season.

The games include the Suns versus Warriors on Tuesday, which averaged 2.32 million viewers on TNT. That number doubled the equivalent game from last year (Nuggets versus Jazz at 1.2 million) while becoming the most-watched game of the season outside of Opening Night.

Wednesday's Bucks versus Nets game combined for a 1.1 rating with 2.0 million viewers, which represented ESPN's biggest audience in four years for the first half of a weeknight doubleheader. 

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Bucks Engaged Suns In Jae Crowder Trade Talks

Oct 24, 2022 9:41 AM

A few different Eastern Conference contenders have been linked to trade interest in Jae Crowder of the Phoenix Suns. Now, we can add the Milwaukee Bucks to that list too.

The Bucks and Suns recently engaged in trade talks surrounding the veteran forward. The Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have all been mentioned as potential landing spots for Crowder too. For now, Crowder remains away from the Suns, as Phoenix works on finding a trade partner.

Milwaukee has a few different trade avenues to land the 3&D combo forward. Most would involve the Bucks parting with at least one rotation player, but Crowder could give them the defense and floor spacing they've lacked at the forward spot since losing P.J. Tucker in free agency before last season.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo On Kobe Bryant: I Think We're Very Similar In Some Areas Of Mindset

Oct 19, 2022 10:05 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo admits he was never close with Kobe Bryant, but he believes his mindset is similar. 

“I will never say this, I will never disrespect the name of the great Kobe. I don’t like mentioning him,” Antetokounmpo told The Athletic when asked to compare their mentalities. “I feel like he should be mentioned, should never be forgotten. But I don’t like mentioning his name to bring attention to the conversation that we are about to have. I wasn’t close to him. I wasn’t this with him or that with him. But I would say this, in some areas of his mindset, I think we’re very similar.”

In 2018 at the All-Star Game, Antetokounmpo sought out a conversation with Bryant and subsequently worked out with him that next offseason.

“I might not be as talented as him, but when we’re talking about a guy that worked extremely hard from his first day until he retired. A guy that plays to win, a guy that pushes himself to the limit, a guy that has a killer mentality when he steps on the court,” Antetokounmpo said, as he started to recount that workout. “It’s almost like having — I think he had two personalities.

“Like when we were on the sideline and we were talking and I was taking notes, laughing smiling, joking around, talking. But when we stepped on the court, It was like motherf—er didn’t even know me. ‘I thought you were like my friend.’ Again. Again. Again. Again. ‘My bad, Kobe. How many more times are we gonna do it?’ Twenty-five. ‘OK, 25.’ No, 25 makes. Twenty-five makes on the same move?’ And it’s not like you’re just shooting. You’re going hard. I was like, damn, this guy is different.”

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Khris Middleton Out For First Few Weeks Of Regular Season

Oct 17, 2022 10:46 AM

Khris Middleton is expected to miss the first few weeks of the regular season as he continues his recovery from offseason wrist surgery.

Middleton also suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain during the Milwaukee Bucks' first round series last season that kept him out of the remainder of their playoff run.

Middleton can become a free agent after the 22-23 season.

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Pat Connaughton Out Three Weeks With Strained Calf

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Bucks Waive Luca Vildoza

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti (2022-23)

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Donte DiVincenzo Thought Bucks Were Going To Trade Him To Celtics At Deadline

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Bucks Had Interest In Trading For Jerami Grant

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Jordan Nwora, Bucks Agree To Two-Year, $6.2M Deal

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Marques Bolden, Bucks Agree To Camp Deal

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Ibou Badji Signs Exhibit 10 Deal With Bucks

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Bucks Sign And Waive Alex Antetokounmpo

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Bucks Sign And Waive Rob Edwards

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Held Out Of Greece's Monday Game With Knee Pain

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RealGM Radio: Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman On The Central Division (Aug 2022)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Says He's Open To Playing For Bulls Later In Career

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NBA Christmas Day Games Set To Feature Eight 2022 Playoff Teams

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Bucks Waive Rayjon Tucker

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DeMarre Carroll Joins Bucks Coaching Staff

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Bucks G League Affiliate Trades For Alex Antetokounmpo

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Play For Greece At EuroBasket 2022

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Pat Connaughton Signs Three-Year, $30M Extension With Bucks

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Khris Middleton Undergoes Surgery On Left Wrist

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