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Khris Middleton said that he will be "more than happy" to remain in Milwaukee.

"I've been seeing a lot of rumors and tweets about that," Middleton said of the recent trade rumors. "Right now I'm in Milwaukee but you never know. It's good that other teams want me but I'll be more than happy to stay in Milwaukee." The Celtics were linked to Middleton prior to the draft, but the Bucks haven't given any indication that they are looking to move him.
Jun 25 - 1:55 PM

Bucks coach Jason Kidd said that he wants to see some defensive improvement from Michael Carter-Williams this summer.

"Defense is where we hang our hat and it starts with Michael," Kidd said. The good news for MCW is that the Bucks didn't add a point guard in the draft, and while it's possible that he could still start next season, his value will take a hit with Giannis Antetokounmpo expected to run the offense.
Jun 24 - 10:27 AM

Bucks GM John Hammond said he's excited about Thon Maker.

"He's got some steps and growth to go through, but if you have a chance to watch him, he's really multi-faceted at that young age and seven feet tall," Hammond said. "He has the ability to handle the ball more effectively than you realize, he has good vision with the ball, and the fact that he shoots make it extra exciting. His experience is limited, but I think he does have a pretty good feel of the game, and just an extremely bright person and we think he'll have a very high learning curve with that." Hammond wouldn't say what position or role Maker will have next season, simply saying that he has a "vision" right now.
Source: BrewHoop
Jun 24 - 10:22 AM

Malcolm Brogdon was taken with the 36th pick in the NBA Draft.

He played four years in Virgina’s slow-motion offense and improved a lot last year. In his 34.1 minutes per game, Brogdon averaged 18.2 points, 4.1 boards, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks and 20 triples on an impressive 59.0 true shooting percentage. He took home ACC Player of the Year honors and was an NCAA All-American Second Team player. His ceiling isn’t great, but he could get minutes fairly quickly. Maybe he sees minutes if the Bucks get crazy on trades.
Jun 23 - 11:20 PM

The Bucks selected Thon Maker with the 10th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

The first stunner of the night for the only high school player in this draft. He is listed as a 19 year old, but some reports say there is concern he’s 21-23 years old. With his 7’3" wingspan and some decent skills, Maker does have the upside to warrant this pick at least in some degree. The Sudanese seven-footer becomes another forward with major length on the Bucks in their rotation. The Bucks not going with a wing does suggest Greg Monroe could be on the move. As for Maker, he's very raw and is unlikely to make a key impact in his first season.
Jun 23 - 8:42 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is hearing that Thon Maker could be drafted in the first round.

The 19-year-old prospect is likely going to be a major project, but he is a great athlete and is listed at 7'1". In a draft full of wildcards, it wouldn't be a surprise if Maker was drafted towards the end of the first round.
Jun 23 - 6:51 PM

The Celtics have interest in Greg Monroe, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.

Additionally, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic adds the Bucks are "combing for young bigs" to prepare for Monroe's eventual departure. The Celtics have eight picks and a solid backcourt, so adding a big man is a high priority for them. Monroe is not a great fit with the Bucks, so he could be one of the big names changing teams. Coach Brad Stevens would really help the Moose.
Jun 23 - 5:26 PM

The Celtics are reportedly trying to execute a deal that will net them Khris Middleton.

In recent days the Bucks have labeled guys like Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker as "untouchables," but that hasn't stopped Boston from peppering them with offers. The Bucks are trying to move Greg Monroe, and the Celtics would be willing to take him on if Middleton was a part of the package. Boston is reportedly offering the No. 16 and 23 selections in the 2016 draft and another player, although sources of CF Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report that a draft-day trade is "possible, but unlikely."
Jun 23 - 3:08 PM

Several teams have reportedly ruled Thon Maker out of their first-round plans due to questions about his age.

This is a bit of a weird one, but some teams believe Maker is 21-23 years old and not 19, according to reports. Maker's age will make a difference to teams as he's thought to be more of a long-term project, but these reports could also be pre-draft smoke screens meant to scare other teams off.
Jun 23 - 11:34 AM

The Bucks reportedly view Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton as "untouchable."

The Celtics have been making calls around the league trying to deal away their No. 3 overall selection in the upcoming draft, but the Bucks have zero interest in giving up one of their franchise cornerstones in exchange for unproven talent. Giannis Antetokounmpo is also on Milwaukee's list of "untouchable" talent.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 9:27 AM

Jason Kidd has officially signed a three-year extension with the Bucks.

The deal will keep Kidd in Milwaukee through the 2019-20 season. Bucks co-owner Wes Edens said that there is "no better fit to lead our young and talented roster," so clearly the front office still believes in him despite finishing with a disappointing 33-49 record.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 21 - 8:34 PM

Jabari Parker said he wants to play for Team USA in the future.

"One of the biggest dreams I have is a gold medal," Parker said. Parker said he can be a serious candidate for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He'll be playing on the USA Select team this summer with hopes of being able to make an impact down the road. Parker can play both forward positions and played slightly more small forward later in the season than earlier in the year.
Jun 20 - 5:16 PM

According to Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops, the Bucks are aggressively shopping Greg Monroe.

Monroe seemed like a poor fit in Milwaukee this season on the defensive end and this isn't the first time that we've heard that the Bucks are trying to trade him. Monroe is under contract with the Bucks through the 2016-17 season and he also has a player option for the 2017-18 season, but it's hard to imagine the Bucks getting a lot in return for the big man. If Monroe is traded, that would bode really well for the outlook of John Henson and it would make Utah center Jakob Poeltl an interesting option with the No. 10 pick in the draft.
Jun 20 - 12:23 PM

Thon Maker went through a workout with the Bucks on Wednesday.

Maker could be a second-round option for Milwaukee, and the highly athletic 7'1" big man with a sweet jumper certainly is an intriguing prospect. That being said, he hasn't faced the stiffest competition as he's been going up against high school kids in Canada for the past two years, so he'll likely take some time to develop. He's worth monitoring in deep dynasty leagues, though.
Jun 16 - 5:04 PM

Greece coach Fotis Gatsikaris said Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the focal point for the Greek national team this summer.

"At this point we can afford to give him more responsibilities than anyone else, having the ball in his hands," Gatsikaris said. "We will build around him. Giannis will be the one who will take decisions on the court for us". He should be in a similar role for the Bucks next year, so this summer will give us a nice preview.
Source: Euro Hoops
Jun 13 - 4:29 PM


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