October 19, 2020, 12:10 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
ESPN's Tim Bontemps reported Monday that his sources have "emphatically" stated the Bucks won't look to trade Giannis if he turns down the supermax extension offer this offseason.
The world has become accustomed to superstar trades in recent years but it seems the Bucks will flip the script with Giannis. Despite the emphatic sentiment, reporting of this nature could easily be interpreted as the organization solidifying their leverage in advance of the offseason. This could also be seen as Bucks insiders sending a signal to Giannis that they're committed above all else to continuing to compete. Only time will tell, but perhaps this report will quell Giannis trade speculation for the time being.
Source: Tim Bontemps for ESPN
October 14, 2020, 9:18 amGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that the Mavs are widely expected to preserve their cap space for the 2021 offseason when Giannis Antetokounmpo becomes a free agent.
“They want to have a 3rd star," said Brian Windhorst on The Jump. “I wouldn't expect them to add any major free agents this year. They're going to wait." Giannis is eligible for a supermax extension this offseason with the Bucks, but it’s unclear whether he will sign it. Among the Mavs are the Miami Heat, who are also interested and clearing a path for them to sign Antetokounmpo in the 2021 offseason. The incumbent MVP has made comments suggesting that he’ll stay in Milwaukee, although no progress has been reported towards that extension.
Source: J. Kyle Mann on Twitter
September 18, 2020, 2:11 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo has officially been named NBA MVP for the 2019-20 season.
It's the second straight MVP award for Antetokounmpo, who took home 85 of the 101 first-place votes. LeBron James finished second while James Harden came in third. While the Bucks' disappointing postseason casts a big shadow over this announcement, it's a regular-season award and Giannis definitely deserves it for what he was able to accomplish while leading the Bucks to the league's top record. With this honor, he joins LeBron and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to win multiple MVPs before age 26. Translating their regular season dominance to postseason success is the next big task for Giannis and the Bucks.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
September 18, 2020, 12:24 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Giannis Antetokounmpo has won his second straight MVP award.
The NBA will announce it later today, but it's no surprise that Giannis won again. It's a regular season award, of course, so we can all put aside Milwaukee's playoff failures. The Greek Freak deserves the honor despite what your Lakers fan friends will tell you, putting up a remarkable season in which he averaged 29.5 points on .553 shooting to go along with 13.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers in just 30.4 minutes per game. Antetokounmpo set a new NBA record for PER while leading the Bucks to the league's best record. Now all eyes will be on whether he signs a super max extension with the Bucks this summer.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
September 14, 2020, 12:08 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
During Giannis Antetokounmpo’s meeting with the Bucks ownership this past Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski reports the owners assured their star player they would be willing to pay the luxury tax next season.
The Bucks ownership has been roundly criticized this season for their unwillingness to go into the luxury tax to re-sign Malcolm Brogdon. The organization will need to prove their commitment to winning if they hope to convince Antetokounmpo to stay in town, and paying the luxury tax would send a convincing message. The Bucks will not be able to retain some solid rotation pieces this off-season without entering into the tax. In particular Ersan Ilyasova and Pat Connaughton likely won’t return to the team next year unless the owners are willing to pay up.
Source: Woj on Twitter
September 10, 2020, 1:06 pmEric BledsoePG, Milwaukee Bucks
Shams Charania is reporting that Eric Bledsoe could become an offseason trade candidate.
It's no surprise. Bledsoe has been absolutely horrid in two consecutive playoff runs and his offensive game has completely eroded. The Bucks erred in picking him over Malcolm Brogdon, and now the team is going to try and add a playmaker and secondary scorer who can break down defenses — something Bledsoe definitely is not. His defensive reputation earned him a spot on the NBA's All-Defense second team, so some teams figure to be interested. Also of note is that Charania reports that Mike Budenholzer's job is safe.
Source: The Athletic
September 9, 2020, 11:58 amKyle KorverSF, Milwaukee Bucks
Kyle Korver will talk with his family before determining the next steps in his NBA career.
Korver, 39 years old, will be a free agent next season but could just as easily be at the end of the line. A truly elite 3-point shooter over the course of his career, Korver's age has caught up to him to the point where he wasn't a significant part of Milwaukee's playoff rotation. If he decides to keep playing, it'll likely be with one of the league's top teams in an effort to secure a championship, though we won't put words in Korver's mouth.
September 8, 2020, 10:46 pmMarvin WilliamsPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Marvin Williams has announced his retirement from the NBA following the Bucks' Game 5 loss (and elimination) at the hands of the Heat in the second round of the playoffs on Tuesday.
Williams his hanging up his sneakers after 15 seasons in the league. It almost seems like just yesterday that Williams was drafted in 2005, ahead of the likes of Deron Williams, Andrew Bynum and future Hall of Famer Chris Paul. He suited up for the Hawks, Jazz, Hornets and Bucks during his career. Our best wishes go out to Williams in his retirement.
Source: Marc J Spears on Twitter
September 8, 2020, 10:11 pmKhris MiddletonSF, Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton, who finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, was unable stave off elimination as the Bucks were defeated by the Heat in Game 5 on Tuesday.
Middleton couldn't get his shot to fall (8-for-25 FG, 2-for-9 3PT) and the Bucks needed way more from him in order to win. They were playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo (right ankle sprain) and didn't stand much of a chance trailing in the series three games to one. The Bucks are committed to Middleton longterm but the future of both he and Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee is a completely different story. Stay up to date on the Bucks this offseason, although anything regarding Giannis will be hard to miss.
September 8, 2020, 10:03 pmDonte DiVincenzoSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Donte DiVincenzo put in a strong showing in the Bucks' Game 5 defeat to the Heat on Tuesday, winding up with 17 points (5-for-9 FG), four rebounds, one assist and one steal.
DiVincenzo started, in the absence of superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, and was on the court for 28 minutes. That marked the most minutes he saw in the series, which is now over with the Heat's victory on Tuesday. Coach Mike Budenholzer used wings DiVincenzo and Pat Connaughton less and less as their time in the bubble wore on, so it remains to be seen where they stand as far as the depth chart is concerned heading into 2020-21. The retirement of fellow winger Marvin Williams certainly helps, although both of the aforementioned guys were probably ahead of Williams, anyway.
September 8, 2020, 9:55 pmBrook LopezC, Milwaukee Bucks
Brook Lopez pulled down 14 boards in the Bucks loss to the Heat on Tuesday, adding in 15 points (7-of-16 FG) and one block.
The Bucks were without reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (right ankle sprain) and didn't have enough offensive firepower to overcome the consistent Heat squad. By sitting Antetokounmpo they were essentially throwing in the towel. Lopez played well in the series, with Tuesday representing his second-lowest scoring output vs. the Heat.
September 8, 2020, 9:45 pmMarvin WilliamsPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Marvin Williams had his best game of the Bucks' second round series vs. the Heat on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points (5-of-10 FG) and eight rebounds in the defeat.
Williams' offensive game was needed more in the absence of reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (right ankle sprain), and he posted his only double-digit scoring effort of the series. Williams knocked down a triple (1-of-3 3PT) and added an assist but was not much of a factor. The Bucks have been eliminated from the playoffs and it's anyone's guess what their roster will look like next season.
September 8, 2020, 6:26 pmDonte DiVincenzoSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Donte DiVincenzo will get the starting nod for the Bucks in their must-win clash with the Heat on Tuesday, replacing the injured Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle).
DiVincenzo started the second half of Sunday's Game 4 after Giannis was ruled out with his ankle injury and his increased role will continue on Tuesday. He ended up playing 27 minutes in the victory, finishing with a well-rounded line. The Bucks are going to have to lift if they hope to extend the series and DiVincenzo presents as an interesting DFS option given his more than reasonable price tag.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
September 8, 2020, 5:41 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo (right ankle sprain) has been ruled out of Tuesday's Game 5 against the Heat.
Despite his best efforts, Giannis will not suit up for the Bucks on Tuesday after succumbing to an ankle injury. He arrived at the arena in a walking boot and was seen giving it a go under the supervision of the team's medical staff. His absence is a huge blow for the Bucks who need to win to keep their season alive. Khris Middleton is going to have to do a lot of the heavy lifting on the offensive end and the remaining starters will also need to step things up.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 8, 2020, 4:52 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetkounmpo (right ankle sprain) was seen arriving for Game 5 on Tuesday wearing an ankle boot.
Giannis initially injured his ankle during the Game 3 loss, aggravating it during Game 4 on Sunday. He was unable to return to the court and his status for Tuesday's game remains questionable. The fact he is in a walking boot simply indicates he is attempting to reduce all weight-bearing activities in an effort to be right for what is a must-win game. He is likely to be given until tipoff to prove his fitness making him a risky DFS play.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter