July 5, 2020, 6:43 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have shut down their practice facility after receiving results from the latest round of COVID-19 tests, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
That batch of tests was conducted on Friday. Woj adds that the facility will likely be shut through Thursday, when the team's traveling party is supposed to head to Orlando. No word on who or how many of the team's staff tested positive, but as always, the pandemic is in charge of the NBA's attempted restart, no matter how much effort the league puts into its plans.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 30, 2020, 12:23 amJaylen AdamsPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Blazers have signed Jaylen Adams as their substitute player due to Trevor Ariza sitting out the resumption of the season.
Adams did well in the G League and was drafted by the Bucks originally, but never stuck to a roster. He'll most likely have a minimal role and is more of a backup in case things get worse for the Blazers.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 25, 2020, 9:09 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Coach Mike Budenholzer updated on Thursday that Giannis Antetokounmpo is "completely and totally healthy".
This was mostly expected coming into the league restart period, but it's good to have confirmation that he will be good to go as the key to the Bucks' success in Orlando.
June 16, 2020, 8:30 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
According to Shams Charania, the hotels assigned to each NBA team for the league's proposed Orlando restart will be determined by the playoff seeding and will take into account each individual on a team's travel squad.
To kick off the planned events, all the teams staying at the same hotels will play three scrimmages against one another, from July 22-29. Here are the hotel assignments: the Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz and Heat (top seeds) will be housed at the Grand Destino. The Thunder, Sixers, Rockets, Pacers, Mavericks, Nets, Grizzlies and Magic will be inside the Grand Floridian. Finally, the Blazers, Kings, Pelicans, Spurs, Suns and Wizards will stay at the Yacht Club. Each team's traveling squad will include the following positions, besides players/coaches: an athletic trainer, a strength and conditioning coach, an equipment manager and a team security official. Players will also be permitted to bring a personal massage therapist, security official, or trainer, Shams points out. Kyrie Irving and other players have expressed their discontent with the current plans, so only time will tell as to which players will commit and which ones won't.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 25, 2020, 3:13 pmJon LeuerPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Jon Leuer has announced his retirement from basketball.
Injuries completely destroyed Leuer's career, as he played in a combined 49 games over the previous two seasons with zero appearances in the 2019-20 campaign. Leuer's high point came with the Suns, where he averaged 8.5 points to go with 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and a 38.2 mark from deep. His eight-year career comes to an end, with Leuer saying that his body simply won't let him play at a high level anymore.
Source: Jon Leuer on Instagram
May 21, 2020, 3:43 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks Co-owner, Mark Lasry, told CNBC about the NBA resuming "in the next six to eight weeks we should be playing.”
There has been some positive reports over the past week and a half about the resumption of the league. Conservative optimism appears to be on the minds of many in the NBA but we will have to continue to wait until early June to get more news about the potential return of the 2019-20 season.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
May 16, 2020, 9:26 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo is disappointed with how Knicks treated his brother, Thanasis.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo was a second-round draft pick of the Knicks in 2013. He wasn't given much of an opportunity in New York and they chose to not call him up for a game in London vs. the Bucks in 2015. Giannis told the New York Post at the time that he was "a little disappointed he's not going to play against me". The way the Knicks treated his brother could dissuade him from considering the Knicks when he's a 2021 free agent.
Source: New York Post
May 8, 2020, 9:02 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
If the Bucks are unable to lock up franchise cornerstone Giannis Antetokounmpo before he hits unrestricted free agency after the 2021 season, the Warriors will reportedly be among his top pursuers, according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Bucks have to focus on winning, which luckily they had done a lot of this season prior to the league-wide shutdown. Per the report, if Antetokounmpo loses faith in the team/organization's ability to win a championship, he could very well look for greener pastures as he approaches free agency. No matter what happens, as long as Antetokounmpo stays healthy, he will be receiving a ridiculously large payday; whether it comes by way of a mega-extension with the Bucks or a monster free-agent deal elsewhere.
March 18, 2020, 7:44 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Adam Silver was interviewed Wednesday on ESPN and expressed that he is hopeful that the 2019-20 NBA season can be "salvaged" but it remains unclear what that would look like.
Silver asked a lot of questions that many of us have wondered since the suspension of the NBA season began last week. One idea that he brought up was having an exhibition game for charity with a small subset of NBA players in the interim to allow fans something to watch during these trying times. The NBA remains without a definitive plan in place at this time as they, like the rest of the world, deal with the outbreak of COVID-19.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 6:05 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have listed Giannis Antetokounmpo as questionable for Thursday's showdown vs. the Celtics with a left knee injury.
Antetokounmpo was able to participate in practice on Wednesday and appears on track to suit up against the Celtics. This is definitely a situation to monitor as fantasy GMs are already in their playoffs or are looking to earn a playoff berth. We should learn more about his availability Thursday afternoon.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 11, 2020, 3:48 pmEric BledsoePG, Milwaukee Bucks
According to head coach Mike Budenholzer, Eric Bledsoe (right knee effusion) and George Hill (right adductor contusion) were both able to practice on Wednesday and are expected to play in Thursday's showdown vs. the Celtics.
The Bucks were shorthanded on Monday as they played without four of their regular starters and several key bench players. They appear to be nearing full strength ahead of Thursday so expect all of the regular guys to get back in the mix.
Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 3:30 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Kyle Korver told the media that Giannis Antetokounmpo participated in practice on Wednesday.
Giannis has missed the last two games but has only missed eight games so far this season. He has been excellent from a fantasy perspective outside of his horrific free throw shooting. On the season, Giannis is shooting a career-low .633 from the charity stripe on 10 attempts per game. Continue to monitor the wire ahead of Thursday's game vs. the Celtics but consider Antetokounmpo questionable at this point.
Source: Eric Nehm on Twitter
March 9, 2020, 11:29 pmPat ConnaughtonSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Pat Connaughton started on Monday and scored six points on 2-of-7 shooting to go with three rebounds and one assist.
Connaughton logged 29 minutes in a start and went 0-for-5 from deep. Wes Matthews (32 minutes, nine points on 2-of-11 shooting to go with six boards, two assists, two steals and a triple) didn't do much better in a start as well. The Bucks rotation was missing a lot of key players tonight and the weaknesses of their role-players got exposed as expected.
March 9, 2020, 11:28 pmSterling BrownSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Sterling Brown started on Monday and scored 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting to go with six rebounds, three assists, a block and three 3-pointers.
Brown put up numbers tonight in a start and could be a triples specialist if Eric Bledsoe (knee) continues to miss time.
March 9, 2020, 11:21 pmKyle KorverSF, Milwaukee Bucks
Kyle Korver came off the bench on Monday and scored 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go with four rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and five 3-pointers.
Korver had a ton of sets run through him tonight as the Bucks didn't have their best shooters tonight. It was a classic load management game from a team that has the first seed locked up.