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May 10, 2015 Updates

Giannis Antetokounmpo: “What I feel now is that I want to play in the national team. Maybe at some point my legs won’t hold. Maybe I’ll feel a lot of wear and tear, have injury problems. You can never know what condition you are going to be in every time when the years are going by. For as long as I feel that I can endure, though, I’ll always be present. I know that one day, I’ll be an important part of the national team and that the team will need me. Then and now, I have to live up to the expectations and act exactly like the old guys who have honored this jersey so much.” EuroHoops.net

May 6, 2015 Updates

One league executive told Sporting News that Middleton will draw an offer around — brace yourself — $15 million per year. “That’s what Chandler Parsons got, but this guy plays much better defense,” the executive said. Parsons was granted a three-year, $46 million deal by the Mavericks last season to ensure the Rockets didn't match. Now the Bucks have that dilemma, for a player who averaged 13.4 points a game this season but was their leading playoff scorer. Sporting News

All signs suggest they will match any deal he gets, and they have the space under the luxury tax line to do so. But they will need to consider a future in which they have to pay Carter-Williams, Antetokounmpo and Parker. Sporting News

May 5, 2015 Updates

Milwaukee should enter the summer with about $15 million in cap room, though Khris Middleton could start the three-day clock ticking on that room by signing an offer sheet with another team after the stroke of midnight on July 1. Middleton uses the same agency that represents Jason Kidd, and it’s possible he might hang out in free agency so the Bucks can strike. Grantland

May 3, 2015 Updates

Upshaw is a rim-protecting defender that teams yearn for, but they will be cautious because of his baggage. What doesn’t help Upshaw and players like him is the situation of Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders, who signed a four-year, $44 million extension before receiving a suspension for violating the league’s anti-drug program. Sanders was bought out of his contract by the Bucks when he apparently lost his desire to play basketball. Teams dread making major mistakes on first-round picks but Upshaw may be too tempting to pass up given his performance during his short time at Washington. Boston Globe

May 2, 2015 Updates

The Bulls’ Mike Dunleavy avoided a suspension for the shot to the neck he gave to Milwaukee’s Michael Carter-Williams early in Game 6, but Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t as fortunate. Giannis tackled Dunleavy in retaliation, and was immediately ejected for his actions. He’s also been suspended one game, the league announced on Saturday via official release. NBCSports.com

Veteran Jared Dudley enjoyed his first season in Milwaukee and said he would like to return. Dudley has a $4.25 million player option for the 2015-'16 season. "All signs you would think are for me to come back here," Dudley said, "even if I did opt out. I think my value is at my biggest high here. Even though as a vet I could play for a contending team, I think this has been my most gratifying season. "Taking a team that was 15 wins to 41 wins, I was here for the beginning of it. I was here to help it. I think it's hard for Milwaukee to find vets that want to come here, that want to be a role guy. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

But the 20-year-old Parker is looking forward to rejoining his teammates on the court and believes he is on schedule to take part in training camp in the fall. "I'm feeling great," Parker said after the Bucks players' exit interviews at the team training center Friday. "I think I'm going to stay around here for June. "July I will be out in summer league (in Las Vegas) and eventually be on the court, not playing, of course. "After that in August maybe do a combined session with some (other) forwards. We'll go out somewhere; I don't know where we're going to train. "I'd be right on schedule for where I want to go. It prepares me right before the season to get the wind going. It's always good to be a part of the team in the preseason." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Gov. Scott Walker says he thinks a deal to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks is "close." Walker commented on the status of negotiations Friday, the day after he personally joined the talks for the first time. Walker says, "I think we're close. But obviously we have to work out the last little bit of details." Boston Herald

May 1, 2015 Updates


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


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