Player News - Bucks

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The Bucks officially claimed PG Kendall Marshall off waivers on Sunday.

Marshall's contract will pay him a relatively meager $915k next season, making him a cost-effective addition to the Bucks' backcourt. He started 45 games for L.A. last year, and despite struggling after the All-Star break he still shot 39.9 percent from downtown. Unfortunately, he's unlikely to have a big fantasy impact while Brandon Knight and Nate Wolters are healthy, especially if coach Jason Kidd follows through on his plan to use Giannis Antetokounmpo at PG.
Jul 20 - 6:48 PM

Brandon Knight could be playing more minutes at shooting guard this season with the addition of Kendall Marshall.

He played next to Nate Wolters quite a bit last season and actually posted better numbers. Knight had higher efficiency and assist percentages next to Wolters while his usage rate was down. Plus, he ranked last in assist:turnover ratio in his last season with the Pistons before he lost his starting job to Jose Calderon. The Bucks are a bit of a mess right now and they could even ask Giannis Antetokounmpo to play some point guard. The Bucks also added Jerryd Bayless. A messy rotation in Milwaukee certainly wouldn't be a change from last season and that's exactly where we're headed.
Jul 19 - 7:22 PM

The Bucks will be claiming Kendall Marshall off waivers.

The Lakers had to have known there was a strong possibility that another team would be claiming Marshall. Perhaps rookie Jordan Clarkson playing so well at summer league made it a risk they were willing to take in order to open up some cap space. Marshall will compete with Nate Wolters as the backup or he could start and move Brandon Knight to the shooting guard. Just like last season, the Bucks have some very interesting lineup decisions to make.
Jul 19 - 6:50 PM

Jabari Parker had his best game at summer league on Friday, making 8-of-15 from the field for 20 points with 15 boards, two assists and six turnovers in 30 minutes.

After the game, Parker said he only has about a "50 percent" understanding of how the Bucks will use him. That's not really an indication of how he's coming along and it's more about how much is up in the air with the Bucks. He really showed off his versatility on both ends and will be a candidate for Rookie of the Year.
Jul 18 - 6:59 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo will not play vs. the Warriors on Friday.

He is on his way back to Greece for FIBA. While the Bucks are the only winless team in either Orlando or Las Vegas summer leagues, Antetokounmpo has been very impressive. Coach Jason Kidd said he will try and use the Greek Freak at the point guard spot this season, so we'll see how that works out. He's a very interesting target late in drafts.
Jul 18 - 4:07 PM

Lakers waive G Kendall Marshall.

The team is hoping to pick him back up after he clears waivers and are just clearing out some cap space since his contract wasn't guaranteed. A team may look to pick him up after he really improved as a scorer and did a solid job running the point. Jordan Clarkson should help the Lakers' depth behind Steve Nash and Jeremy Lin.
Jul 18 - 2:26 PM

Jabari Parker has signed an endorsement deal with the Jordan Brand, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

Goodman also mentions that top-10 picks Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon both signed deals with Nike. Parker was the second overall pick in the 2014 draft and is widely considered the best purer scorer of the incoming rookies. He will have an immediate impact on the Bucks and for fantasy owners as well.
Jul 16 - 11:11 AM

The Bucks may be seriously considering using Giannis Antetokounmpo as their point guard this season, and he's been running the offense for Milwaukee's Summer League team.

"We’ve seen it in practice ... and we slowly have started letting him have the ball and running the offense," said head coach Jason Kidd. "With the group we have right now, with [Brandon] Knight and Giannis, we have additional playmakers and when we have that on the floor, it makes the game easy. We’ll see how the roster shakes out, but we’re not afraid to play him at the point, as you see." The Greek Freak is averaging 2.3 assists vs. 4.0 turnovers through three games in Las Vegas, but even if he doesn't start at PG it's clear that he'll be handling the ball frequently this season. His turnovers may rise as a consequence, but overall this is good news for his fantasy outlook.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 15 - 7:48 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo looked terrific on Monday vs. the Jazz, scoring 15 points with four boards, five assists, three steals and four turnovers.

He is 6'11" and he was running the point, which really drives home the point that he is just a Greek Freak. If his growth continues at this rate, we could be in for a fun ride. Antetokounmpo is on the radar in standard leagues.
Jul 15 - 12:16 AM

The Bucks are looking to trade Ersan Ilyasova.

It makes sense after Ersan had one of the most inefficient seasons among power forwards last year. He couldn't hit triples and was horrible on defense, so his market price is going to be coming at a discount.
Jul 14 - 6:15 PM

Jabari Parker shot 4-of-15 from the field for 11 points with 11 boards, two assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and six turnovers.

He wasn't going to the basket nearly as much and just kept settling for jumpers. Parker may have been under pressure a bit because of the Suns losing, so he'll get a pass here.
Jul 14 - 12:08 AM

Jason Kidd is hopeful that he can help O.J. Mayo get back to being an effective player.

"I think the big thing with O.J. — I've known him since he was in high school — and he's a great kid, loves the game of basketball. I don't know exactly what happened with him last year. But when you look at him playing in Memphis, playing in Dallas, he was playing at a very high level. That's our job, is to get him back there." Mayo's first season with Milwaukee could be described as catastrophic, but perhaps Kidd can make Mayo actually want to play basketball. The Bucks don't have too many options at the shooting guard position, but Mayo showed last year that he's a master of squandering opportunity.
Jul 13 - 2:28 PM

Jason Kidd believes that Larry Sanders can return to form following a disastrous 2013-14 campaign.

"Yeah [I think he can bounce back]," Kidd said. "I think it starts with being healthy. Two, he's here working out. When you look at that and being gone for five months, he's here with his teammates. That's the start." Saunders signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension last year after an impressive season in which he established himself as an elite rim protector. However, he followed his breakout season with an injury plagued 2013-14 campaign in which he received a suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug program and only made it through 23 contests. Sanders probably made a lot of people's "never-again lists" last season, but if he's able to keep his act together, he could be a decent value pick going into next season.
Jul 13 - 2:14 PM

Bucks PG Nate Wolters (ankle, hand) finished the Bucks' Summer League debut with seven points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals in 25 minutes.

Wolters sprained his ankle a few days ago and this was his first game since having hand surgery in March, but neither injury bothered him during Friday's game. As impressive as Wolters was at times last season, his fantasy value will be shaky as long as Brandon Knight is starting at PG for coach Jason Kidd.
Jul 12 - 9:52 AM

Jabari Parker's offensive arsenal was on display vs. the Cavs on Friday, making 5-of-11 from the field for 17 points with nine boards, one assist, one steal and four turnovers.

It was an impressive showing for the No. 2 pick. He finished at the rim like a veteran and was able to use both hands well. Parker was the ball handler and roll man in pick-and-roll situations, so he's showing he can play both forward spots. On the downside, he did look a little lost on defense. He's shaping up to be the first rookie to be drafted in fantasy leagues.
Jul 11 - 10:07 PM


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