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DeAndre Jordan Chose Jeff Schwartz Over Rich Paul As Agent

Dec 8, 2017 12:12 PM

DeAndre Jordan waited more than two years to sign with an agent after his decision to leave Dan Fegan in 2015 when he backed out of a deal with the Dallas Mavericks to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"He was deciding between Jeff [Schwartz] and Rich Paul," a person familiar with Jordan's thinking told Bleacher Report. "I had heard back then that he was 100 percent signing with Jeff."

Jordan finally hired Schwartz this month as he discusses an extension with the Clippers while also potentially being discussed in trades.

"He needs one," the person familiar with Jordan's thinking told B/R. "It's smart."

While negotiating a max contract is manageable without an agent, there are many issues that an agent can help facilitate in Jordan's circumstances.

"It's so hard to know otherwise what's going on," a person who advises several NBA stars told B/R. "I look at it like this: If you play for a team, is the team ever really going to tell you, 'We're trying to trade you?' How do you get a guy to buy in after that?"

The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the teams most interested in trading for Jordan. The Bucks have several ties to Schwartz, which could make dealing for Jordan an easier proposition. 

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Raptors, Wizards, Wolves, Bucks Interested In Trading For DeAndre Jordan

Dec 1, 2017 6:05 PM

The Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly shown the most interest in trading for DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers have interest in John Henson, Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton in their trade talks with the Bucks. The Clippers want at least two of those three Bucks in any trade for Jordan.

Jordan will be a free agent in the offseason and is currently operating without an agent. The Clippers are widely expected to fall out of playoff contention following the injury to Blake Griffin. 

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Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Giannis Antetokounmpo Has Sideline Confrontation With Bucks' Assistant Coach

Nov 26, 2017 4:47 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a confrontation with Milwaukee Bucks' assistant coach Sean Sweeney during Saturday's game.

The video was captured on Twitter by TheRenderNBA.

Sweeney followed Jason Kidd to the Bucks from the Brooklyn Nets in 2014.

Sweeney has been known as having a close relationship with Antetokounmpo.


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Mirza Teletovic Out Four Weeks With Knee Surgery

Nov 21, 2017 6:40 PM

Mirza Teletovic will miss the next four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair cartilage on his left knee.

Teletovic had already missed the past six games.

Teletovic is averaging 7.1 points in 10 games this season, shooting 46 percent from 3-point range.


Tags: Mirza Teletovic, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Injury

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

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

Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

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

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.

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Bucks Decline 18-19 Option On Rashad Vaughn
Rashad Vaughn was the Bucks' first round pick in 2015.

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Giannis Covers 32.6 Percent More Ground Than Average Player Off Dribble
Giannis Antetokounmpo covers an average distance of just over 15 feet when driving in for a layup or dunk off just one dribble.

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

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Bucks, Knicks, Nuggets Interested In Trading For Eric Bledsoe
Ryan McDonough has publicly confirmed that the Suns intend to trade Eric Bledsoe.

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Bucks Sign Joel Bolomboy To Two-Way Deal
Joel Bolomboy played 12 games with the Utah Jazz last season.

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Jon Horst Was 'Reluctant Compromise' For Bucks Ownership
Marc Lasry wanted to elevate Justin Zanik when John Hammond left as they initially planned.

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Gary Payton II Signs Two-Way Contract With Bucks
Gary Payton II appeared in four preseason games and averaged 7.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

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Richard Jefferson Agrees Upon One-Year, $2.3M Deal With Nuggets
The Nuggets feel Richard Jefferson will give them depth at small forward and also be a strong veteran presence.

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Bucks Claim DeAndre Liggins Off Waivers
DeAndre Liggins has been on the roster of the Cavaliers, Mavericks, Rockets, Clippers, Hawks, Heat and Bucks since April of 2017.

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Nuggets Interested In Signing Richard Jefferson
Josh Kroenke enjoys a strong friendship with Richard Jefferson.

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Herd Acquire Returning Player Rights To Xavier Munford
Xavier Munford was a member of the 2017 USA AmeriCup Team.

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Bucks Waive Gerald Green
Gerald Green appeared in four preseason games for the Bucks and averaged 4.0 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.0 steal per contest.

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Richard Jefferson, Bucks Have Mutual Interest
Richard Jefferson will clear waivers on Monday.

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Bucks Waive Joel Anthony, Gary Payton II, Brandon Rush
Gary Payton II originally signed with Milwaukee on April 2 and played in six games during the 2016-17 season.

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Bucks Waive Xavier Munford
Xavier Munford did not appear in a preseason game for the Bucks.

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Bucks Trying To Unload John Henson, Mirza Teletovic
The Bucks are attempting to balance their cap sheet.

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Jabari Parker Unlikely To Return Before February
Jabari Parker is recovering from the second torn ACL of his NBA career.

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Bucks Waive Kendall Marshall
Kendall Marshall appeared in three preseason games and averaged 1.0 point and 3.7 assists per contest.

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Bucks Sign Xavier Munford
Xavier Munford split time between the Greensboro Swarm of the G League and FC Barcelona Lassa last season.

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Bucks Waive James Young
James Young did not appear in either of the Bucks two preseason games.

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