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Bucks officials confirmed that fourth-year center Larry Sanders has started his five-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy. Sanders was not with the Bucks for their Wednesday game against Indiana and could not be at the arena, per NBA policy. Sanders was suspended for a third positive marijuana test. He was out due to surgery for right orbital fractures and it was uncertain when his suspension would begin. But this means the 6-foot-11 Sanders will not have to start next season with a suspension. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 8, 2014 Updates

As speculation builds toward a pending sale of the Milwaukee Bucks to a new group of investors, a prominent commercial real estate developer and project manager in Brookfield has filed federal documents to initiate a private offering for $450 million. Jon Hammes, founder and managing partner of Hammes Co., is listed as the director of the Hammes Partners II (A) L.P., which filed a public notice of exempt offering of securities with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to initiate the private equity offering to raise $450 million. BizTimes

April 6, 2014 Updates

The Bucks set a franchise record for futility this season, though they aren't dwelling on their failures. With its 102-98 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night, Milwaukee established a dubious club record with its 63rd loss. It sealed the team's fate as the biggest loser in the franchise's 45-year history. "I didn't know that," second-year forward John Henson said. "That's not something you want to be associated with." NBA.com

Kohl said he thinks the future of the team is bright. "We have a lot of good young talent," Kohl said. "The guys have played hard and they have never packed it in. We're going to get a good draft pick and hopefully we'll be more injury-free next year. "I think next year is going to be a big bounce-back year. I believe that." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Steve Greenberg of Allen & Co., the New York-based firm that former senator and Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl retained to bring in new team investors, said Saturday the process is ongoing and added that reports Saturday of a possible sale were premature. "There is a lot of speculation out there," Greenberg told the Journal Sentinel. "There is an active and ongoing process with respect to the Bucks. But we are not going to comment on speculation." Greenberg, who is representing Kohl in the sale process, said it was "premature to make any sort of announcement of a possible sale. We do not intend on saying anything publicly." Earlier Saturday, ESPN analyst Bill Simmons said on Twitter that the Bucks were close to being sold, pending league approval. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Bucks coach Larry Drew admitted before Saturday's game he had heard talk about the franchise's future. "I heard some little whispers," Drew said. "I heard some guys (players) chirping about it a little bit. "It's not a distraction. I've been through it before. It's the nature of the business, and when these type things do happen and there's talk about teams being sold and new ownership and that whole thing, I take it in stride. I've been around this thing a long time and I've been with teams that are in this situation." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 5, 2014 Updates

It is assumed that any potential investor or new owner would want a new arena. Milwaukee business leaders serving on a Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce task force studying how best to finance a new arena are still gathering information and have not made any recommendations. Last week, the Journal Sentinel reported that the task force had essentially concluded that retrofitting the BMO Harris Bradley Center was not feasible. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Shams Charania: Bucks have signed Chris Wright to a 2nd 10-day contract. Wright averaged 6.0 ppg and 2.0 rpg in 2 gms during his first stint in MKE Twitter

A league source told CSNNE.com that two teams that might be made available in the near future are the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic. But on Friday, Powe's focus wasn't as much on future ownership. Instead, he was more locked into enjoying his time back in Boston, a city that's still near and dear to him. CSNNE.com

Getting to the NBA was only part of the professional basketball dream Leon Powe had while growing up. Powe, who was in town representing the '08 Celtics championship team during the Boston Red Sox opening ceremonies on Friday, wants to someday own an NBA team. "I always wanted to do it," Powe told CSNNE.com prior to Boston's 111-102 loss to Philadelphia. "I had a dream when I was younger to make it to the NBA, and be a businessman." Although there is not an NBA team currently for sale, Powe said he is in the process of putting together a group of potential investors in case one does hit the open market soon. CSNNE.com

Shams Charania: The Milwaukee Bucks won't sign guard D.J. Stephens to a second 10-day deal, sources tell RealGM. Stephens will scan NBA, overseas options. Twitter @ShamsCharania

"I study it and I know the benefits it has. In a lot of ways we've been deprived. You can't really label it with so many other drugs that people can be addicted to and have so many negative effects on your body and your family and your relationships and impairment. This is not the same thing. "The stigma is that it's illegal. I hate that. Once this becomes legal, this all will go away. But I understand for my work it's a banned substance. I will deal with the consequences and I apologize again to my fans for that." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Asked if he could overcome a suspension to start next season, Sanders said, "Yeah I could. It's just more motivation to work harder. It's something negative to deal with. But the recipe doesn't change for me. I'm just as excited for the summer. "It's been two opposite sides of the spectrum in a lot of ways. Two extremes. A consistent season would be great. I'll be better from this. I've learned a lot already from this year. I'm going to continue to learn. I hate that this is a negative impact on my fans and my family or the organization." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

April 4, 2014 Updates
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is No. 1 in a list filled with old-school players at the top.

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