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January 25, 2015 Updates

After two seasons of replacement-level production in Detroit, Knight started his time in Milwaukee with a hamstring injury 105 seconds into his Bucks career. But he overcame the injury-marred start and finished his first Bucks season with 4.0 wins above replacement (WARP) to rank 94th in the league. This year, Knight has already compiled 5.1 WARP, 26th in the NBA. He's been the Bucks' best overall player and seems to enjoy playing for Kidd on one of the league's most improved teams. "[Kidd] has helped me in everything, thinking the game, being smarter with decision-making," Knight said. "Overall he just has a great feel for the game and he transfers that to us, allows us to think about the game the same way he still does." ESPN.com

“If you don’t win, that’s when you go in a dark place,” he said. “I’m a great competitor, and I want to win. That’s who I am. And if I’m not winning, I’m a different type of person. That’s one thing that Golden State couldn’t understand. It was like they were accepting losing. And they wanted me to accept and embrace losing. I couldn’t do that. “If you’re mad at your best player because he’s tired of losing, then it should be a question about your character and what you’re trying to do.” Dallas Morning News

January 24, 2015 Updates

Sanders earlier had been out due to personal reasons and has not played in a game for Milwaukee since Dec. 23. "I think the most important thing is to take life as the priority," Baker said. "Take that first. Everything falls into place when you put life as the priority. "For me, I was still trying to put basketball as the priority when life was the priority. My message would be to put life first." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Baker said he definitely would have had a longer NBA career if he had been able to conquer some of his personal demons. "But I'm at a point in my life where I think everything works for the good," Baker said. "Like I told the young men (Friday), everything I went through led me to this place to come back and help them. So it was all worth it if I can help save them or keep them from going down the roads I went." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Knight is averaging a team-leading 18.2 points, 5.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds while starting all 42 games. On Thursday night's all-star special on TNT, Charles Barkley had Knight on his list of all-star reserves. "I can't sit here and tell you I don't want to make it," Knight said of the NBA All-Star Game, scheduled for Feb. 15 in New York. "It's something I would love to be a part of. "It would mean a lot for me to be a part of that (the all-star weekend) and definitely to be a part of that in the city of Milwaukee, a city that gave me a chance to play my game. It would be really special for me." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

January 23, 2015 Updates

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is preparing to propose diverting revenue from taxes on NBA players for public funding of a new arena in downtown Milwaukee, sources close to the situation told the Milwaukee Business Journal. In June 2014 Walker said in an interview with the Milwaukee Business Journal that he was studying the possibility of tapping NBA players' income tax for arena construction funding, a so-called "jock tax." Since then when asked about arena funding, Walker has said he can't make a decision until he sees the Bucks owners' plans. Business News

January 22, 2015 Updates

Kidd, Brooklyn’s former coach, has a one-sixth of 1 percent stake in the franchise, which Forbes says is worth $1.5 billion. That values Kidd’s stake, previously held by entertainer Jay-Z, at $2.5 million. Jay-Z had to sell it when he became a certified NBA player agent. Bloomberg

January 21, 2015 Updates

“I don’t think there is a hard definition of what a ‘draft bust’ is,” Alexander told Basketball Insiders. “Ultimately not being in the NBA is on me, but as far as ‘who is a bust?’ you have to look at Milwaukee and the management that drafted me. If you want to label anyone with the term ‘bust’ — it’s the Bucks. When Milwaukee drafted me, I was touted as a ‘project’ and someone with a lot of potential who could contribute had I learned to play the game. That’s what the Bucks told me. I needed time. I didn’t start playing basketball until I was 16 years old, but I was the most athletic guy in the entire draft. The Bucks knew that. Everyone understood this. I could’ve been drafted by any other team in the league and they would’ve given me time to develop." Basketball Insiders

“Obviously the No. 8 pick is expected to have an illustrious and longer NBA career than I’ve had, so that’s fine, but I think that Milwaukee should certainly share that [bust] label. They contributed heavily to it. Heavily. For the Bucks to pull the plug on me, I thought, was dramatically irresponsible on their part. What it did was label me as some sort of a problem player. It made everyone in the league look at me different when 12 months before any team would’ve died to have me.” Basketball Insiders

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo reported over the weekend that the Bucks had not yet discussed a potential buyout with Sanders, but most league sources expect the discussion to eventually go that direction. Grantland

Milwaukee has a clean cap sheet going forward and no plans to rush its rebuild with a mega–free agency signing. Is the savings it might net in a buyout, plus lifting the Sanders pall from the locker room, worth the risk he might eventually thrive on another team? Maybe it is. The situation may well be worse than we realize. Grantland

January 20, 2015 Updates

Kenyon Martin signed his second 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, but league sources tell RealGM that he's already agreed in principle on a deal for the remainder of the season. Martin is poised to sign that deal when his second 10-day deal expires. RealGM

 

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