Player News - Bucks

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Bucks GM John Hammond said that Giannis Antetokounmpo will be "one of the [Bucks'] primary ball-handlers" this season, but he's unlikely to defend opposing point guards.

"There's a delicate balance," Hammond said. "Someone's gotta guard the point guard, and that's not gonna be Giannis." He went on to praise Michael Carter-Williams' defense, citing his length, speed and quickness, but all signs point to MCW coming off the bench to begin the season. No matter who he's guarding on the court, Antetokounmpo is poised for a monster fantasy campaign.
Jun 26 - 8:54 PM

Bucks' GM John Hammond said that he views Thon Maker as a "rotational player at a minimum" to start his career.

"The one thing with him is we're not going to have to teach him how to work," said Hammond of Maker. "Short-term, we have some patience with him. But Thon has size and can stretch the floor." Maker has a frail frame, but he's a highly intriguing prospect as a 7'1" big with a sweet jumper and ball handling skills. He'll likely be logging most his minutes at the four-spot to begin his career, meaning he'll be serving as Jabari Parker's backup. It'll likely take Maker some time to establish himself as a standard league asset.
Jun 26 - 5:19 PM

Thon Maker said that the rumors that came out alleging he was older than 19 years old did not bother him.

"It did get to me in terms of me hearing about it, but it didn't get to me personally because if it were true, I'd probably be like sideways about it, but it's not true, so I'm comfortable," Maker said. "I'm not angry or anything. I've got to learn what I can say and what I can't say now." The rumors obviously didn't hurt Maker's draft stock all that much, as the Bucks plucked him off the draft board with the No. 10 overall pick. If Milwaukee deals Greg Monroe this offseason, Maker will have a ton of opportunity to produce.
Jun 26 - 3:41 PM

Bucks GM John Hammond said that the team is going to need Michael Carter-Williams going forward.

Hammond added that he thinks MCW has the potential to be a top-10 point guard in the NBA. The Bucks were rumored to be shopping MCW during the draft, so maybe Hammond is doing a bit of damage control here. MCW could open the season as the starter, but Giannis Antetokounmpo will run the offense as a point forward.
Jun 26 - 12:45 PM

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


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