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Greece Accuses Bucks Of Keeping Giannis Antetokounmpo From Playing In Euros

Aug 19, 2017 6:58 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks are being accused by the Greek basketball federation of preventing Giannis Antetokounmpo from playing in the European championship.

About an hour after Antetokounmpo posted on Facebook and Instagram that he was unavailable because of a knee injury, the federation attacked the Bucks and the NBA in a statement, describing an "organized and well-staged plan" to keep Antetokounmpo from playing in the Eurobasket at the end of the month.

"The simultaneous report by the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo himself, by phone and social media from faraway China, and not by the appropriate official manner, of his inability to join the national men's team saddens us ... but is not surprising," the federation said in the statement.

"A series of indications ... had convinced us of the existence of an organized and well-staged plan by (Antentokounmpo's NBA) team, with the full knowledge if not encouragement of the NBA that put the athlete on the spot and forced him to announce today that he is no longer part of the men's national team."

Takis Tsagronis, the federation general secretary, told state TV ERT that a scan revealed no problems with Antetokounmpo's knee.

"This (the player's absence) is bad but not unexpected news. All indications were that it would end up like that," Tsagronis said.

"We, on our side, did everything not to give the Bucks an excuse. We took a magnetic scan of Giannis' leg and it was clean. What the Bucks claim is not the reality; something else is happening."


Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman

Aug 16, 2017 12:09 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Nate Duncan of the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast (@NateDuncanNBA) and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk (@DanFeldmanNBA) go in-depth on the NBA’s Central Division.

They discuss how the Cavs, Bulls, Bucks, Pistons and Pacers fared in the off-season and predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Expected To Earn $7M+ Per Year On New Shoe Deal

Aug 14, 2017 11:52 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo's current Nike deal expires in September, which will make him the best available free agents in terms of shoe endorsements.

Kristaps Porzingis agreed upon a seven-year deal worth $5 million annually with Adidas last summer, which will likely set the starting for negotiations on offers for Antetokounmpo.

"The bar was set with Porzingis, in terms of financials," says one brand source. 

Antetokounmpo could sign a deal worth as much as $7 million-$10 million per year.

"I've always said that I think he's one of those guys that has the potential to transcend his market," his agent Alex Saratsis tells ESPN. "I think he's showing that he can do that. I think he's one of the few players that could have a truly global appeal."

Antetokounmpo will be looking for a signature shoe as part of his new deal.

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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

Bucks Sell Jersey Sponsorship To Harley-Davidson

Aug 10, 2017 11:06 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have sold their jersey sponsorship to Harley-Davidson.

The Bucks feature a green, cream and blue color scheme while Harley has a black, orange and white bar and shield logo.

“We think we found the absolute perfect partner for this,” said Matt Pazaras, the Bucks’ senior vice president of business development and strategy.

“You have somebody with a history that starts here in Milwaukee, a very long history — their 115th anniversary is next year — (and) they have a global presence and global reach much like the NBA. … The thing for me that sent it over the top and why we’re so excited is to have a consumer brand that drives so much passion. Yes, the (Harley-Davidson) logo’s going to be on our uniforms, but people tattoo it on their bodies. Something that drives that much passion from a consumer side is incredibly exciting for us.”

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Bucks Hire Jordan Brady As Head Coach Of G League Affiliate

Aug 7, 2017 6:36 PM

The Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, named Jordan Brady as the team’s first head coach.

Brady brings substantial NBA minor league experience as a former player and assistant coach with multiple organizations. 

“The Wisconsin Herd is an important component in building a championship-caliber team in Milwaukee, and Jordan brings the grit, leadership and vision necessary to spark that process in Oshkosh,” said Wisconsin Herd General Manager Dave Dean. “Jordan has the right experience and tools to develop young talent and build the foundation for a successful NBA G League team. We are excited to have him at the helm for the Herd in our inaugural season.” 

Brady, 34, spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach for the Salt Lake City Stars, the NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz. He was previously an assistant coach with the Idaho Stampede (2015-16), where he was retained by the organization to assist with relocating the team to Salt Lake City in 2016.

Brady served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles D-Fenders (2014-15) and an assistant for the Bakersfield Jam (2013-14) and the Iowa Energy (2012-13).

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin Herd, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

Knicks Hire Craig Robinson For Front Office Role

Aug 7, 2017 1:53 PM

The New York Knicks are hiring Craig Robinson for a front office role.

Robinson is the brother-in-law of Barack Obama.

Robinson formerly coached at Oregon State and was a teammate at Princeton of Steve Mills.

Robinson had served as vice president of player and organizational development for the Milwaukee Bucks since 2016.

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Jabari Parker Making Progress Rehabbing Torn ACL

Jul 28, 2017 8:45 AM

Jabari Parker is making progress recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee.

"I feel great," Parker told ESPN during a promotional appearance in Chicago on Thursday. "I tell myself every day I couldn't be in a better situation because it's going to make me a great man at the end of the day. It's going to make me mentally tough and it's going to help me for the future."

Parker initially tore his ACL in December of 2014 as a rookie and again in February of 2017.

"As of right now, the way I treat my body, it doesn't have a date," he said. "I can give you a little piece of information: I'm not the average person with this injury. Obviously I had it once, but I've done stuff so far that's exciting. But most importantly, I want to be able to jump as high, jump higher than I was, be faster than I was. That's the only way I'll play again."

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Tags: Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Injury

Giannis Antetokounmpo: Teams Have To Make Right Moves To Keep Players

Jul 24, 2017 12:44 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo has said he has "loyalty in his DNA" but that doesn't mean he will spend his entire career with the Milwaukee Bucks.

At an event in the Philippines, Antetokounmpo was asked how long he plans on staying with the Bucks.

“A lot of people say they’re going to stay on a team and decide to move to a different team," said Antetokounmpo. "But you guys got to remember: A guy might want to stay on a team, but if the team doesn’t do the right things and the right moves for the player to become great. Because, KD, the reason he wanted to stay in OKC was to win, right? So, they didn’t win the championship. That’s why he decided to leave. So do not hate only the player. Because sometimes it’s not up to the player."

Antetokounmpo is entering the first season of a four-year, $100 million extension.

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John Henson, Bucks Have Mutual Interest In Trade

Jul 14, 2017 12:00 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks and John Henson would both like to find a trade scenario this offseason.

Henson has three years and $32 million remaining on his contract.

The Bucks are looking to shed salary since they are close to the hard cap.

Henson averaged 6.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in 19.4 minutes last season with the Bucks.

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Derrick Rose To Meet Again With Bucks

Jul 14, 2017 11:58 AM

Derrick Rose and the Milwaukee Bucks are scheduling a meeting for this weekend.

Rose has already met once with the Bucks this offseason.

The main obstacle on an agreement with Milwaukee has been compensation.

Milwaukee is approximately $1.6 million over the tax. The Bucks have $7.6 million of the full mid-level exception available but can use only $4.4 million to sign a free agent. Exceeding a salary of $4.4 million would trigger the NBA hard cap and restrict the Bucks from exceeding salaries of $125.2 million. 

The Bucks could trade John Henson to shed salary.

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Bucks Interested In Signing Ian Clark
Ian Clark would give the Bucks improved shooting in their backcourt rotation.

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Sterling Brown Signs Contract With Bucks
Sterling Brown was named to the All-AAC Second Team after averaging 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

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Bucks Sign Jalen Moore To Two-Way Contract
Jalen Moore was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team after averaging 17.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 31 games.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Expresses Loyalty To Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo has an excellent chance of qualifying for the Designated Veteran Player Extension that would pay him 35 percent of the cap, which he can sign in the 2020 offseason.

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Derrick Rose 'Wants To Be In Milwaukee'
The Bucks would need to clear salary in order to sign Derrick Rose.

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Bucks Meeting With Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is receiving tepid interest on the free agent market.

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Tony Snell Agrees To Four-Year, $46M Deal With Bucks
Tony Snell has a player option after the third year.

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Adam Silver Suggested Bucks Consider Hiring Danny Ferry
Danny Ferry is currently a consultant for the Pelicans and was open to discussing the job but never formally interviewed.

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Jon Horst Didn't Know He Was Candidate For Bucks' GM Job
While the entire NBA was surprised Jon Horst was elevated by the Bucks to general manager, even Horst was surprised by the move.

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Bucks Tender Qualifying Offer To Tony Snell
Tony Snell's qualifying offer is worth $4.6 million.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins Most Improved Player
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Malcolm Brogdon Wins Rookie Of The Year
Malcolm Brogdon has been named 16-17 NBA Rookie of the Year.

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Spencer Hawes Exercises $6M Player Option With Bucks
The Bucks acquired Spencer Hawes from the Hornets in a trade for Miles Plumlee.

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Greg Monroe To Exercise $17.9M Player Option With Bucks
Greg Monroe averaged 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 81 games for the Bucks this past season.

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Justin Zanik Emerges As Candidate For Cavaliers GM Job Under Billups
Justin Zanik was expected to become general manager of the Bucks but Wesley Edens reportedly did not sign off on the hire.

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Bucks To Hire Jon Horst As General Manager
Justin Zanik had the support of Marc Lasry and Jason Kidd but he was unable to receive a full consensus.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Could Sign $10M Per Year Shoe Deal
Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently signed with Nike.

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Bucks Have Justin Zanik, Wes Wilcox, Arturas Karnisovas As GM Finalists
Milwaukee co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens will play the key roles in making the hire.

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Justin Zanik Gathering Support For Bucks' GM Job
The Bucks have finalized their candidates for their general manager vacancy.

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Bucks Request Interview With Becky Hammon For GM Job
Becky Hammon has no prior front office experience but she's worked as a behind-the-bench assistant coach for the Spurs for three seasons.

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