Player News - Bucks

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has been suspended for the first game of next season for "running over" Mike Dunleavy.

It was an expected move and at least Giannis didn't get more than one game. Antetokounmpo joins Kelly Olynyk to get a suspension to start next season. He's expected to play in summer league where he'll likely be working on his perimeter game. Antetokounmpo is going to be pricey in drafts next season, but it might be worth it.
May 2 - 2:36 PM

John Henson will focus on gaining weight with an improved diet this offseason.

Henson added some bulk last summer but said he burned most of it off while playing in 67 games this season, averaging 7.0 points, 4.7 boards and 2.0 blocks in only 18.3 minutes per game. He has tantalizing per-minute fantasy potential but his role is complicated with starters Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova both set to return for Milwaukee next season.
Source: BrewHoop
May 2 - 10:08 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo said he's willing to play in summer league.

Last summer, Antetokounmpo playing point guard in Las Vegas was one of the biggest NBA stories of the month. That didn't really come to fruition during the regular season, though. Expect the Bucks to really focus on Giannis' range. Additionally, there's a chance he's suspended to start the season.
May 1 - 4:46 PM

Jason Kidd said that Damien Inglis (foot) will play in Summer League if he's ready to go by that time.

Inglis missed his entire rookie season after fracturing his right foot during a pre-draft workout, so hopefully he's ready to go by Summer League. As it stands right now, Inglis is a non-factor on the fantasy landscape.
May 1 - 2:17 PM

Jared Dudley said that there was an 80-90 percent chance he comes back with the Bucks next season, even if he decides to opt out of his contract.

Dudley has a player option worth $4.25 million for the 2015-16 season, but it sounds like he'll be back in Milwaukee regardless of whether he opts out of his contract. Dudley said that he enjoys helping the younger guys on the roster, and he'd like to come back and continue building what they started this season. However, for fantasy purposes, Dudley will be a non-option in most leagues after averaging a meager 7.2 points, 1.0 steal and 1.0 three-pointer per game through the 2014-15 season.
May 1 - 2:03 PM

Michael Carter-Williams said that he chipped a tooth after he took a shot from Mike Dunleavy during Thursday's Game 6 loss to the Bulls.

Mike Dunleavy is likely looking at a suspension for his actions during Game 6, so we'll be watching for any updates on that. As for MCW, he stated during his exit interview that he's looking forward to becoming a bigger piece to the puzzle for Milwaukee next season, but he'll need to make some major improvements to his game to be viewed as a quality asset in standard leagues. He finished his season with the Bucks averaging 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.2 turnovers per game on 42.9 percent shooting from the field. His lack of a 3-point shot, high turnover rate, and poor field goal percentage really hurts his value.
May 1 - 1:30 PM

Ersan Ilyasova said that he was undecided if he will play for the Turkish national team this summer.

For a guy that's as injury prone as Ilyasova, Milwaukee management is probably hoping he elects to forgo any strenuous activities this offseason. For what it's worth, Ersan did not participate in the FIBA World Cup last summer, but that still didn't keep him healthy during the 2014-15 season. Ilyasova did have a bit of a bounce-back performance after the break this year, compiling averages of 14.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 three-pointers per game on 47.3 percent shooting from the field. However, he didn't become a steady rotation player until Jabari Parker went down for the year, and he still missed 24 games. He's not a great guy to draft next season, especially with Jabari Parker set to reclaim his role as a starter.
May 1 - 1:15 PM

Khris Middleton stated during his exit interview that he hopes to return with the Bucks next season.

"I hope to be back. I definitely feel everybody wants me to be back here," said Middleton regarding his impending free agency. Middleton will be a restricted free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see how high the Bucks will go in matching offers after he had a career-year in Milwaukee. Khris really got going during the second-half of the season, putting in averages of 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.6 three-pointers and 1.4 steals per game. Middleton's value will be tied to where he lands, but if he remains with the Bucks, it's unlikely he'll be able to hoist up 14.1 shots per game when Jabari Parker comes back into the fold.
May 1 - 12:26 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo called his flagrant 2 foul against Mike Dunleavy during Game 6 "a bad play," and said he intends to apologize to Dunleavy.

"It was a bad play by me. It is not going to happen again," said Giannis. The Greek Freak acknowledged that he expects to receive a suspension from the league for his actions during Game 6, and that suspension would be served during the start of the 2015-16 season. Antetokounmpo took a big step during his sophomore season, putting in averages of 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.0 block per game on 49.1 percent shooting from the field. If he could develop a 3-point shot this offseason, he could emerge as a very valuable asset in standard leagues.
May 1 - 11:53 AM

Tyler Ennis will play a few games for the Bucks' Summer League team, in addition to playing for Team Canada over the summer.

Ennis will get some much-needed experience this summer, but as the fourth-string point guard for the Bucks, his fantasy value is right around zero.
May 1 - 11:20 AM

Jabari Parker (knee) said during his exit interview that while he remains without an official timetable, he's hopeful to be ready by training camp next season.

Parker added that while he won't be playing in Summer League, he will be there to support his teammates from the sidelines. Parker only made it through 25 games his rookie season before sustaining a pretty major knee injury, and he'll make for a risky selection in next year's draft.

Jason Kidd praised his young team after Thursday's season-ending Game 6 loss to the Bulls.

"I wanted to congratulate the guys on a great year, not just a great series, but a great year," said Kidd. "They're not a secret anymore, and they have to get better if they want to compete against the best. That's it, you move on." Kidd transformed the Bucks franchise from a 15-win organization, to a 41-win playoff team in his first season with Milwaukee with limited changes to the roster. Khris Middleton really excelled in Kidd's system, and if he elects to re-sign with Milwaukee during free agency, he'll make for a quality mid-round selection in standard fantasy leagues.
May 1 - 9:45 AM

Ersan Ilyasova scored seven points during a blowout 120-66 loss to the Bulls on Thursday, adding three rebounds and one foul in 17 minutes.

The Bucks starting unit scored a combined 29 points with Zaza Pachulia leading that group with eight points. As for Ilyasova, he had a very solid bounce-back season following a catastrophic 2013-14 year. Still, he is likely to be bumped from the starting lineup next season with Jabari Parker likely ready for opening night. As it stands right now, Ghostface Ilya won't be worth drafting in fantasy leagues next season.
Apr 30 - 9:51 PM

Khris Middleton made 2-of-7 from the field for six points against the Bulls on Thursday with three rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

While this was a disaster, he could have gone 0-of-50 and it wouldn't affect his offseason value. Middleton will get an offer sheet from the Bucks and become a restricted free agent. Even with the Bucks having two great forwards, the shift to shooting guard was a big success for the former Piston. Expect the Bucks to keep him, but he'll have a very tough time matching his fantasy production because Jabari Parker will take shots away from him.
Apr 30 - 9:50 PM

Michael Carter-Williams made just 1-of-6 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday, scoring six points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and two turnovers.

He attacked the basket again with all but two of his shots coming from within eight feet, but he just couldn't convert. Carter-Williams was hit in the jaw today and missed a few minutes. That obviously wasn't why he struggled today. The story on MCW has been the same since he was drafted: Carter-Williams needs to get a jumper and cut down on his turnovers. He won't be a highly coveted player in standard fantasy leagues.
Apr 30 - 9:49 PM


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