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December 14, 2014 Updates

The team then waived Delfino and Raduljica, creating roster space and room under the hard cap to sign Hedo Turkoglu, Chris-Douglas Roberts, Ekpe Udoh and Jared Cunningham. “At first I was disappointed. It’s just that there was something I had to prove. I felt that health-wise, I was never 100 percent to be able to do what I do out there. After a couple days of reflecting, I thought this might be a better situation for me,” Dudley said. “… For me, I was going to a young team where I thought I could play a lot. When I heard from (Bucks coach Jason Kidd) and the player’s coach he is, I was excited.” Orange County Register

December 13, 2014 Updates

Ilyasova will not go with the Bucks on their four-game western trip next week but is encouraged that he can return fairly soon, after being fitted for a mask he will wear to protect his nose. "I've broken my nose several times in the past eight years, and so far this is one of the worst ones," Ilyasova said. "I had a couple fractures, some of the new and old ones. "I had to get surgery and just put it in place. It was hard to breathe. Now I feel much better." Ilyasova was cleared for conditioning drills and said he has passed a concussion test. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Ilyasova has worn a mask several times before while with the Bucks and while playing international basketball with Turkey. The last time he wore a mask in NBA competition was during the 2012-'13 season. "I have to wear it for a couple months and we'll see how it goes," Ilyasova said. "You're going to be afraid to get hit again. Even now, if somebody pushed me, I kind of shy away a little bit. "But hopefully it's going to work out for me." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

December 12, 2014 Updates

Ersan Ilyasova will be a masked man when he returns to the Milwaukee Bucks lineup. Ilyasova has gone through an ordeal over the past 10 days after suffering a broken nose in a Dec. 2 game at Cleveland. On Friday he revealed he underwent surgery earlier this week to repair fractures caused when he collided with the elbow of Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

As for the arena, Lasry acknowledges its shortcomings. The Bucks' home locker room is outclassed by that of many major college programs, and their practice facility is an annexed building of a Catholic archdiocese. Lasry and Edens have pledged $100 million to build a new arena, as has former owner Herb Kohl. They are still searching for ways to fund the rest, while the location has been narrowed down to three sites. Lasry says they hope to settle on one in the next month or so, after which things should begin to move quickly. “It is a process, and it’s challenging,” Lasry said. “We are trying to get the best site where we can do the best for the city. For as many people who want you to do something somewhere, there are as many people who don’t want you to do something somewhere.” Sports Illustrated

Edens' first call was to Lasry, a longtime friend. Lasry was interested but, Edens says, he was the one aggressively pushing the deal. “I gave Marc a hard time about stepping up,” Edens said. “We had one chance to buy a team that was close to New York, that was a great franchise in a great city.” ​To Edens and Lasry, one thing was made clear: If you want the team, you have to keep it in Milwaukee. Kohl, the former U.S. senator who had owned the team since 1985, had no interest in selling to a group that would move the franchise. "If he wanted to sell it to somebody who would have moved the team," Edens said, "I think he could have gotten more for it. He was very clear from the first minute of the first meeting that it was important [for the Bucks to stay put].” Sports Illustrated

Of course, there are obvious pitfalls. Ownership could cede too much control to Kidd, who had zero input on personnel decisions in Brooklyn last season and, according to sources, didn’t seem at all interested in any. Hammond has taken some heat in recent years, but he is widely respected and has a strong track record in the draft (hello, Giannis), where Milwaukee will need to continue to land quality players. Lasrys wants consensus with big decisions, but ultimately Hammond’s voice should carry the most weight. Kidd’s job should be to coach a team freckled with promising players. Sports Illustrated

December 10, 2014 Updates

More than one source around the league independently suggested the Bucks weren't the highest bidder for Dudley and the pick, but that the Clippers felt they were under the gun to act. In retrospect, the Eric Bledsoe deal -- orchestrated on the Clippers' side by a combination of Roeser and Rivers with a sign-off from Sterling -- amounts to Bledsoe, a No. 1 pick and Caron Butler for J.J. Redick (who could have been available for the mid-level), two guys waived under the stretch provision and a second-round pick that was originally theirs. There's also the familiar refrain that Rivers' taste in reserves is uninspired, and his filling-out of the Clippers' roster has displayed none of the flair of the Spurs' work on the margins. San Antonio might be an unreasonable measuring stick, but if Rivers says the Spurs are the standard, then they're the standard. ESPN.com

Antetokounmpo has good playmaking instincts, and he practically lives at the practice facility. He has his driver’s license now, and after games, he often practices with his 16- and 12-year-old brothers. Loud trash talk in Greek reverberates off the walls, team officials say. “Thank god I live like two minutes away from there,” Antetokounmpo says. Grantland

December 9, 2014 Updates

Bucks center Larry Sanders, speaking after the team's shootaround at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday, said he respects the message sent by the NBA stars. "I think they're bringing light to an issue that is obvious to us right now, that America is dealing with," Sanders said. "I'm glad they had the courage to find something to stand up for. "I really like it when people look for solutions. The easy thing to do is point out the problem. To look for solutions and try to bring awareness is the light that comes from the darkness. Hopefully a lot of positives will come from it." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Lasry is confident the Bucks will secure a deal, if only because the buyback clause and the looming Seattle threat have everyone backed into a corner. “The reason it’s gonna get done is that no one has a choice,” he says. He and Edens are based in New York, and they will not entertain the idea of moving the Bucks to a West Coast market as long as they own the team. “I have no interest in being far away,” Lasry says. “The fun of owning the team is being part of the community. You can’t do that if you’re four or five hours away.” Grantland

The first step in Kidd’s view is to eradicate the notion that Milwaukee is for losers. “We don’t want to be a layover city,” Kidd says. “We want coming here to be like going through Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas — where if you have a dogfight in Chicago one night, you know you’re going to have a dogfight in Milwaukee the next night.” Grantland

December 6, 2014 Updates

Parker is averaging 29.7 minutes per game through the first 20 games of the season. Monitoring Parker’s minutes at the current pace could keep him fresher for a longer period, but at what cost? “Kidd’s hurting Jabari by not giving him enough playing time,” an Eastern Conference scout told SheridanHoops. “He’s 19 years old. He should be playing at least 35 minutes a game. Instead, he’s playing 29. That sounds like not a big deal, but seven or eight minutes per game adds up. It’s a lot of experience.” SheridanHoops

“He has to create better shots for himself,” an Eastern Conference executive told SheridanHoops. At 6’8” and 240 pounds, Parker is considered a tweener at the forward position. “All those guys that have become big-time scorers have had better bodies,” an Eastern Conference executive told SheridanHoops. “He’s got to tone up.” SheridanHoops

December 3, 2014 Updates
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN BUCKS HISTORY

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is No. 1 in a list filled with old-school players at the top.

   

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