November 16, 2020, 11:35 pmJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans will be trading Jrue Holiday to the Bucks, per Shams Charania.
The Bucks were known to be looking for a talent infusion after they've plateaued as an elite regular season team in the last two seasons, and Holiday certainly checks a lot of boxes for them. He's a dynamic offensive threat who can play as a lead playmaker or off the ball while also giving Milwaukee a capable backcourt defender. If the Bucks wanted to make a splash to convince Giannis Antetokounmpo that they're his long-term home, this is a fantastic first step. Holiday is on an expiring deal and the Bucks are giving up three first-rounders plus two pick swaps, so this could blow up in their faces, but that's a risk Milwaukee is willing to take if it means keeping the two-time MVP. Expect a full-court press on that front, because this isn't the type of move that gets made unless the front office thinks a deal with either or both Antetokounmpo and Holiday is on the way.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
November 16, 2020, 5:05 pmRobin LopezC, Milwaukee Bucks
Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Robin Lopez will decline his $5 million player option and hit unrestricted free agency.
Lopez signed with Milwaukee last offseason to team up with his brother and one of the league's best rosters, but he was used as a pure situational threat. Lopez played just 14.4 mpg during the regular season (not counting the bubble), which was his lowest playing time since 2012, and was left off the active roster for a few of the Bucks' playoff games. While he's certainly in decline, he still has more to offer to a team than he showed last season, and a new environment could afford him more playing time. Regardless, there's no fantasy impact here.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
November 16, 2020, 4:29 pmAvery BradleySG, Los Angeles Lakers
Yahoo's Chris Haynes reports that the Warriors and Bucks will be among "several contenders" that will try and lure Avery Bradley away from the Lakers this offseason.
It certainly sounds like Bradley will be declining his $5 million player option, as a decent year for the high-profile Lakers did wonders to rehab his stock. Bradley has bounced around a bit since his run with the Celtics but emerged as a quality 3-and-D starter and reasserted himself as a wing stopper for LA, despite sitting out the league's resumption. It's a skill set that's very in demand, though we wouldn't expect Bradley to play his way into standard-sized fantasy formats regardless of his next team.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
November 15, 2020, 8:37 pmWesley MatthewsSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Wesley Matthews is expected to decline his $2.7 million player option and will become an unrestricted free agent.
This comes as no surprise, considering Matthews is probably able to draw some interest from playoff contenders, who can probably offer him one last deal before he calls it a career.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
November 15, 2020, 12:38 pmWesley MatthewsSG, Milwaukee Bucks
Marc Stein is reporting that the Lakers have interest in Wesley Matthews as a replacement for Danny Green, who appears headed to the Thunder in a trade.
The Lakers had to deal with one of Green's worst shooting seasons (his .367 mark from deep was the third-lowest in his career, while he shot just .339 in the playoffs) last year, though it's worth pointing out that he was better than Matthews on both ends of the floor by both offensive and defensive win shares and box plus/minus. 3-and-D wings are en vogue these days and anyone who vaguely fits that profile is likely to be sought after. Matthews, never quite the same after his brutal Achilles injury in early 2015, is unlikely to be of interest to fantasy GMs regardless of where he plays.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
November 15, 2020, 12:29 pmEric BledsoePG, Milwaukee Bucks
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports that the Lakers have 'explored' a trade for Eric Bledsoe.
Their agreement to acquire Dennis Schroder scratches this deal off the board, but the Bucks are definitely looking to move on from Bledsoe. He had a down fantasy season last year but the only thing that was really out of whack were his lowered steal totals. While many fantasy GMs might remember him for yet another lackluster playoff run, he may present a bounce-back bet if you believe last year's low swipes were an aberration.
Source: Chris Mannix on Twitter
November 13, 2020, 8:13 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
In an interview with Pro Basketball Talk on Friday, Giannis Antetokounmpo said he could see himself spending the rest of his career in Milwaukee, but that "it depends on what decisions they make."
Giannis' potential free agency has been looming for what seems like over a year now and it's not even close reaching a conclusion. He is eligible to sign a supertax contract extension but could realistically wait until next offseason, when he is a free agent, to do so. At that point, the Bucks' front office and fan base would be more than uncomfortable with their position and would be competing with other teams for his services. Antetokounmpo's path to the most lucrative contract is in Milwaukee, but it may not be his best shot at winning multiple championships. Either way, he will be a rich man. The dominoes haven't even begun to fall in the potential Antetokounmpo sweepstakes.
Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter
November 12, 2020, 3:23 pmEric BledsoePG, Milwaukee Bucks
Kevin O'Connor reports that the Bucks are looking to move on from Eric Bledsoe.
It's already been reported that Bledsoe was an offseason trade candidate, but the Bucks are reportedly the aggressors here, offering him up to other teams. Signing him instead of Malcolm Brogdon has proven to be a huge mistake, as he's been nothing but an offensive liability in Milwaukee's playoff runs. The market for Bledsoe in this cap environment may not be a strong one, but coming off an All-NBA Defense honor, someone figures to take the plunge when Milwaukee's asking price hits the inflection point. Despite his on-court shortcomings, a bounce-back in Bledsoe's steal rate would return him to early-middle round value.
Source: The Ringer
November 12, 2020, 2:49 pmPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer is reporting that the Spurs are shopping Patty Mills, with the Sixers and Bucks showing interest.
That makes sense as San Antonio is trying to get younger while both the Bucks and Sixers need to improve their backcourt depth and shooting. While Mills faded into the background a bit more than usual last season, a new environment could get him back on track. Even so, the veteran is likely a top-175 type at best, with modest output in assists and threes driving the bus.
Source: The Ringer
November 12, 2020, 2:43 pmRobert CovingtonSF, Houston Rockets
The Bucks are pursuing both Robert Covington and PJ Tucker in trade discussions, per Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.
This news comes down after Russell Westbrook's trade request has cast a new light on the Rockets, who may be ready to retool and find themselves without a pick in the draft. Milwaukee owns No. 24 and could work out some kind of package deal to help Houston get younger while also remaking their roster in a more traditional mold. The Bucks are said to be looking for more shooting to complement Giannis Antetokounmpo, and both Covington and Tucker are also elite defenders when they're at their best. Despite Milwaukee's recent playoff failings, adding either of those two to the team would be a nightmare for the rest of the league.
Source: The Ringer
November 5, 2020, 1:14 pmVictor OladipoSG, Indiana Pacers
According to Zach Lowe, several teams would like to see Victor Oladipo back in action before engaging in trade talks with the Pacers.
Oladipo returned from a ruptured quad tendon last season but didn't look anything like his peak self, and his trade value might be at its lowest point right now. While it's been reported that Oladipo wants out of Indiana, a deal right now probably doesn't net the Pacers much of value. Lowe speculates that Oladipo and Indiana could end up negotiating an extension, too. Apparently the Heat, once a prime suitor, have backed off a bit, while the Knicks have had past interest but might want to wait and see how Oladipo looks next season. Additionally, the Bucks are interested, as previously reported, but Lowe says no substantive talks have taken place yet. Oladipo's down season might have knocked him from the top tier of available players, but a bounceback campaign could prove fruitful for all parties and get the trade rumors swirling again.
November 5, 2020, 12:16 pmBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
ESPN's Zach Lowe reports that the Bucks intend to be active this offseason, and one player they reportedly love is Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Bogdanovic is a restricted free agent this offseason. Though the Kings previously said that re-signing him is a top priority, perhaps that's changed under new leadership. It's also been said in the past that Bogdanovic would like a wider path to playing time — though he became the starter by the end of last season, Bogdanovic does have to contend with Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox for minutes as a playmaking combo guard. Lowe adds that the Bucks have entertained scenarios where they also absorb Harrison Barnes' bloated contract. The Bucks don't have cap space for one, let alone both, so any acquisition of Bogdanovic would require a sign-and-trade that triggers a hard cap.
November 5, 2020, 12:12 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Zach Lowe is hearing that many within the Bucks organization are confident that Giannis Antetokounmpo will sign a supermax extension before the start of next season.
Moreover, even if Giannis doesn't sign before the season, the Bucks have no inkling to trade the two-time MVP, and will instead ride it out and hope to sign him after the season. This has been the expected case since Antetokounmpo's eventual free agency became a big storyline, though some clarity one way or another would certainly help other teams around the league with their planning. Toronto, Miami and Dallas are three of the (many) teams that have been operating with star-hunting next offseason in mind.
November 3, 2020, 6:04 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
The NBA and the NBPA continue to negotiate a season start date based around two proposals, with a decision only days away, reports Shams Charania.
The current proposals will see the league resume on either December 22 or January 18. Latest reports indicate there is a growing belief amongst the players that the Christmas week start is inevitable. With a final decision possibly coming on Thursday or Friday of this week, those in fantasy circles should prepare for a quick turnaround, including an abbreviated draft season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
October 28, 2020, 9:37 amGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo remains the top target for the Heat in 2021 free agency and the team won't do anything between now and then to impede their chances of signing him.
The Bucks can sign Antetokounmpo to a supermax extension this offseason, but they reportedly won't consider trading him if he decides not to do so. The Heat have full Bird Rights on Goran Dragic, Jae Crowder, Derrick Jones Jr., Meyers Leonard and Solomon Hill but they will likely offer only one-year deals, avoiding to compromise their cap space in 2021. There has been nothing to suggest that the Greek Freak has any specific interest in signing with the Heat but the team is not shy about getting ready to make a run at him.
Source: Miami Herald