Player News - Bucks

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The Bucks have hired Mike Budenholzer as their next head coach, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It's a four-year contract and it didn't take long for Budenholzer to land another head coaching job after parting ways with the Hawks in late April. He's previously been connected to the Raptors and Knicks, but will instead take over a coveted position for the young and talented Bucks, hoping to push Giannis Antetokounmpo and company into championship contention. He compiled a 213-197 record (.520) in five seasons with Atlanta, including Coach of the Year honors in 2015, and it's a strong hire for the ascendant Bucks.
May 16 - 7:16 PM

Milwaukee Bucks ownership is meeting with Mike Budenholzer and Ettore Messina in New York on Tuesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

It was reported yesterday that Budenholzer was the focus of both the Milwaukee and Toronto coaching searches. Now it appears that Coach Bud and Messina, currently an assistant in San Antonio, are finalists for the Bucks job. The head coaching gig in Milwaukee is arguably the most attractive job available, as it is an opportunity to coach Giannis Antetokounmpo into his prime.
May 15 - 12:38 PM

Mike Budenholzer has emerged as the "focus" of the Milwaukee and Toronto coaching searches according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Budenholzer has been linked to the Bucks since the beginning of May, and it was reported on May 11 that Raptors president Masai Ujiri has "strong interest" in coach Bud as well. Both teams are set up to compete right away which appeals to Budenholzer, something that the Suns weren't able to provide.
May 14 - 10:11 AM

Thon Maker said he plans to play for the Australia national team during the FIBA 2019 World Cup qualifiers this summer.

Maker didn't progress this past season as much the Bucks had hoped, averaging just 4.8 points (on 41.1 percent shooting) and 3.0 rebounds in 16.7 minutes. He'll look to improve via some international experience in the offseason. "I'm planning on coming to play for the national team this summer for the games against Japan and the Philippines [July 2]," said Maker. "We have been speaking a lot about it with [fellow Buck] Matthew Dellavedova and I'm excited to play with the national team for the next qualifying window."
Source: FIBA.com
May 12 - 10:39 AM

Raptors president Masai Ujiri has "strong interest" in Mike Budenholzer, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

It's safe to assume that Ujiri and the Raptors have a potential replacement or two lined up, as it is unlikely they would fire Dwane Casey, the 2017-18 Coach of the Year without some sort of backup plan. Assistant coach Nick Nurse and Raptors 905 (G-League) head coach Jerry Stackhouse are other possible candidates. Toronto would seem to be the ideal landing spot for Budenholzer, as this Raptors team is built to win right now.
May 11 - 1:07 PM

The Bucks plan to interview Spurs assistant Becky Hammon for the franchise’s head coaching job, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

This is great news in the coaching vacancy search as Hammon could get her first interview. She's still viewed as the fourth assistant on the Spurs with the three ahead of her all getting interviewed, as well (Messina, Borrego, Udoka). While it would be a great story and she almost certainly will be a coach one day, Hammon is still very new at coaching and may have to earn her stripes for a little longer. Although, she was a smashing success in Summer League a few years ago with a title.
May 4 - 8:38 PM

Unlike last summer, Giannis Antetokounmpo said he'll have more time to rest his knee this offseason.

"I’ve got to make sure for next year there’s no issues with my knees, ankles, taking care of my body well," Giannis said. "Of course I’m going to spend a lot of time on the court working on what I’ve got to work on." Four out of the seven games Giannis sat this season were just maintenance days for his right knee soreness, but it sounds like it may not be a concern in 2018-19. As for his offseason plans, Giannis hopes to work on his footwork with Kobe Bryant and improve his jumper. As fantasy owners know, Giannis is a 3-point shot away from becoming unfair.
May 3 - 12:46 PM

The Bucks will reportedly pursue Mike Budenholzer to potentially fill their head coaching vacancy.

Joe Prunty served as interim head coach this past season after Jason Kidd was fired. Milwaukee went 21-16 under his stewardship, before losing to the shorthanded Celtics in the first round. It's unlikely they promote him. Budenholzer, the former Coach of the Year, is the most qualified candidate on the market. He will likely be very interested in having the opportunity to coach Giannis Antetokounmpo.
May 1 - 9:11 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo made it clear that he wants the Bucks to bring back Jabari Parker.

Jabari ain’t going nowhere," Antetokounmpo said. "He’s going to be here and he’s going to be ready for the next season." Parker will be a restricted free agent this summer and it's going to be interesting to see what his market is like after a tough campaign. He's one year removed from averaging over 20 points per game and will have the entire offseason to get back to full strength, so we'd expect the 23-year-old to command a monster deal. This is just one of the many tough decisions facing the Bucks as they will also be in the market for a new coach.
Source: Boston.com
Apr 30 - 10:20 AM

Eric Bledsoe may have to wear a brace on his left thumb for the next couple months.

The official diagnosis is unclear, but Bledsoe picked up the injury during Game 4 and was able to play without limitations the rest of the series. He's hopeful to avoid surgery, so we'll leave him off the injury report for now heading into the offseason. Bledsoe will be entering a contract year and should reprise his role as the starting PG for 2018-19.
Source: Boston.com
Apr 30 - 9:51 AM

Jason Terry hopes to return with the Bucks for his 20th NBA season in 2018-19.

"I want to play another year," Terry said. "I can honestly stand here before you and tell you all my efforts will be to come back with this organization ... I’m not saying it will be my final season. But I want to do 20 and then re-evaluate." Terry's veteran presence is just as important off the court for the youthful Bucks, and he's likely to earn a contract somewhere, even if it's not with Milwaukee.
Apr 29 - 7:40 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes during a 112-96 Game 7 loss to the Celtics on Saturday.

He was in foul trouble in the first half with his third foul coming in the middle of the second quarter, but he was still able to log big minutes. This was a rough one for GA with Semi Ojeleye as an unsung hero for this series with how he defended Giannis in the last three games, especially today. Antetokounmpo's age-23 season went about as well as it could have offensively for scoring at his 26.9 points per game, but his defensive stats, assists and free throw shooting dropped off slightly. He's still going to be a top-three target next year in fantasy drafts. Additionally, the Bucks have some work to do to give him some help.
Apr 28 - 10:43 PM

Khris Middleton scored 32 points with two rebounds, three assists, one block and five 3-pointers during a 112-96 loss to the Celtics in Game 7 on Saturday.

He was ice cold until late because Marcus Smart was covering him very well, but Middleton's late shooting kept this game somewhat close while Terry Rozier was going off on the other end. Middleton's season couldn't have gone much better with 82 games and career highs basically everywhere at age 26, but his postseason play really showed he's capable of being a top-three player on a very good team. Middleton has one more year on his deal and a player option after that, but he'll likely be waiving that at just $13.0 million. For now, he's a top-25 target in most leagues in fantasy.
Apr 28 - 10:40 PM

Eric Bledsoe score 23 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Celtics in a Game 7 loss.

While he played well, the biggest thing that will be remembered from this series is Bledsoe saying he didn't know who Terry Rozier was. Well, the answer to that question is he's a guy that destroyed him in several games during this season. On the whole for Bled, the experiment was a success for the Bucks with him having some rare durability and being elite in steals. He'll be looking at top 35-50 value for drafts next season.
Apr 28 - 10:37 PM

Thon Maker scored five points with six rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointr in 25 minutes against the Celtics in Game 7 on Saturday.

His second season was a step back from what was a somewhat promising rookie season, but at least Maker showed up in the playoffs. A couple years ago back in summer league, the Bucks were hoping that Maker could become a secondary ball-handler, but that seems like it's a ways off from happening. He won't be a fantasy target in most leagues.
Apr 28 - 10:32 PM


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