Player News - Bucks

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Khris Middleton turned it over a career-high nine times against the Jazz during an 84-81 loss on Friday, scoring 18 points with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

This was the nightmare matchup for the Bucks. They can't score consistently outside of the paint and the Jazz lock down the area around the rim. Meanwhile, Middleton continues to struggle since Jason Kidd returned. In fact, he made just 32.7 percent from the field in those six games and has struggled in every facet. He should be better.
Feb 6 - 1:22 AM

Jerryd Bayless scored 15 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

He scored all 15 points in the first half and disappeared after that. Bayless does have some stash appeal with some trade rumors popping up on Michael Carter-Williams, but it's only for deeper leagues right now.
Feb 6 - 1:16 AM

Miles Plumlee was ejected from Friday's game vs. the Jazz for elbowing Joe Ingles in the head.

With Plumlee now out for the remainder of the game, Greg Monroe is going to be forced into heavy minutes tonight with John Henson (back) also out. It wasn't a smart decision from Plumlee, but he's not likely facing a suspension here. He'll end his night with six points, three boards, three swats and one steal.
Feb 5 - 10:58 PM

Jason Kidd said that he expects O.J. Mayo (sore left hamstring) to play Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

Mayo was able to get through a full practice on Thursday unscathed, so it sounds like he'll be ready to get back on the court Tuesday night following an 11 game absence. Mayo will likely be eased back into the rotation in Milwaukee, and with averages of just 9.1 points, 1.2 three-pointers and 1.2 steals on 37.4 percent shooting on the year, he can safely remain on the wire in most leagues.
Feb 5 - 8:51 PM

John Henson (back) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

It'll be Henson's fifth straight game on the sidelines, which will allow Miles Plumlee to get some extra run, although that doesn't matter in almost any league. Henson is nothing more than a shot blocking specialist, and he's not really worth holding onto in standard leagues.
Feb 5 - 8:31 PM

Jabari Parker said that he's still adjusting to the NBA game.

"It was all difficult," Parker said. "Getting your rhythm back, getting your wind back. Getting a feel for the game. Being able to develop a role now because guys weren't used to playing with me." Parker missed most of his rookie season after tearing his ACL, so it's not a surprise that he's still finding his role with Bucks. Milwaukee is rumored to be shopping Michael Carter-Williams and Greg Monroe before the deadline, so a trade could open up more responsibility for Parker on the offensive end. He's averaging 11.4 points and 4.6 boards on 49.2 percent shooting from the field.
Feb 5 - 1:22 PM

O.J. Mayo (sore left hamstring) will not play Friday vs. the Jazz.

Mayo was able to go through a full practice with the Bucks on Thursday, and head coach Jason Kidd said that he's looking good, so at least Mayo is getting close to a return after spending half of January on the sidelines. However, O.J. is averaging just 9.1 points, 1.2 steals and 1.2 three-pointers per game on 37.4 percent shooting, so even when he does get back on the court, there's not much reason to own him in most formats.
Feb 4 - 6:40 PM

The Bucks have reportedly made Greg Monroe available "at the right price."

The Bucks have been underperforming this season sitting on a 20-31 record, and while Monroe has been putting up solid numbers during his first year in Milwaukee, his defense hasn't been very good at all. "From what I’m hearing is they (the Bucks) are willing to trade anybody not named [Jabari] Parker, [Giannis] Antetokounmpo or [Kris] Middleton,’’ an NBA executive said. "I even heard they'd listen [to offers] for Parker and Middleton, but it would have to be some crazy offer." Monroe's fantasy value should be safe regardless of what jersey he's wearing.

The Bucks are reportedly open to trading Michael Carter-Williams.

At 20-31, the Bucks are 6.5 games behind the Pistons for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and are open to restructuring their roster. The former Rookie of the Year has been inconsistent in his Bucks tenure and is in danger of losing minutes to Jerryd Bayless if he stays in Milwaukee. If MCW is traded, Bayless and Tyler Ennis would be in line for a minutes boost.
Feb 4 - 1:48 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points with eight boards, five assists, one block, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Blazers.

This was his third game of the season with a full line. The Greek Freak was special tonight and got to the rim whenever he wanted, but unfortunately he hit just 4-of-9 from the free throw line. He was shooting 77.3 percent from the line prior to Tuesday, so his owners shouldn't be concerned. Antetokounmpo has attempted just eight 3-pointers over his last 10 games, so that's really the only thing holding him back from becoming an elite fantasy asset.
Feb 3 - 1:27 AM

Jabari Parker picked up three fouls in the first half of Tuesday's game vs. the Blazers, finishing with six points, one board, one assist, one steal and one block in 32 minutes.

His playing time didn't really suffer because of the foul trouble as he played 21 minutes in the second half as the Bucks tried to rally. Parker did score a total of 33 points in his previous two games (16.5 ppg), so his owners shouldn't cut him for one bad performance. He's a low-end player in standard leagues, but hopefully the Bucks will feature him on offense more down the stretch.
Feb 3 - 1:20 AM

Khris Middleton scored 21 points on Tuesday vs. the Blazers with eight boards, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

His shot wasn't falling and he hit just 7-of-22 from the field and 5-of-8 from the line, but he deserves some credit for staying aggressive and he said this week that his confidence has improved. "Now, I'm not afraid," Middleton said. "Or getting myself down about missing shots or missing an assignment late. The game goes on. You've got another chance. That's definitely a mental thing." Treat him as a top-40 player going forward.
Source: ESPN
Feb 3 - 1:16 AM

Michael Carter-Williams was held to just two points on 1-of-4 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Blazers, adding two assists, six boards and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

Jerryd Bayless played 30 minutes and had 16 points and five assists, so MCW's owners should be concerned since the Bucks have now lost four straight games. MCW had one of the best games of his season on Monday with 18 points, 13 assists, five boards, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes, so maybe coach Jason Kidd will be in a forgiving mood.
Feb 3 - 1:08 AM

Jerryd Bayless scored 16 points off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Blazers with five assists, one board, one block and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

Michael Carter-Williams was poor in this one with just two points and two assists in 26 minutes, so this could be a position battle to watch moving forward now that the Bucks have lost four straight games. Bayless is averaging 8.6 points, 3.4 assists, 2.8 boards and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, and he's only worth a speculative add in deeper leagues unless coach Jason Kidd decides to shake up his lineup.
Feb 3 - 1:04 AM

O.J. Mayo (sore left hamstring) will not play against the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

Mayo will miss his tenth consecutive game on Tuesday and looks to be out until at least the All-Star break as he is still without a timetable. Jerryd Bayless and Rashad Vaughn will continue to see an uptick in minutes, but neither carries much fantasy value beyond deeper leagues even with Mayo out.
Feb 2 - 10:42 AM


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