In the end, do you feel like getting traded would be best for you? Do you think that would be best? Thon Maker: Like I said, I really love the city. It’s where I live. The fans have supported me. The Bucks took a historic pick in the lottery with a guy coming straight out of high school. For me, I really appreciated that. And the fans, everything like that. I’ve been down to earth with this organization because they picked me straight out of high school, a historic pick. For me, I just go out there and play as hard as I can every time I’m out there to repay that. This is where I live. This is where I live.
Do you feel like the message of wanting to play more was already clear to the front office before the story came out? Thon Maker: Yeah. I've always had conversations with Coach. He would let me know these guys are playing really well. When we had John (Henson), he was playing really well early in the season. Ersan (Ilyasova), before he got hurt. And we just have our regular day-to-day conversations as well.
You obviously talk with the front office – you talk to general manager Jon Horst, you talk to assistant general manager Milt Newton. In general, what are those conversations like? Thon Maker: We’re always laughing, joking around, talking just as usual like every single day. At practice, when they’re there, they come and check up on every player, see how everybody’s doing and catch up as usual.
The representative for Milwaukee Bucks center Thon Maker has told management that he'd prefer the franchise find a trade to a team that would provide a larger role for the former lottery pick, league sources told ESPN.
As Maker's playing time has diminished under new coach Mike Budenholzer in the Bucks' surge to the NBA's best record, agent Mike George and Milwaukee general manager Jon Horst have discussed trade scenarios in recent weeks that would potentially make sense for both the player and team, league sources said.
League sources said Thon Maker, who makes $2.8 million this season, D.J. Wilson, who makes $2.5 million, or Christian Wood, who makes $1.5 million. would be potential candidates in a Korver-Dellavedova deal. Like Dellavedova, Maker, Wilson and Wood are buried on the Bucks’ depth chart. The Bucks aren’t the only team interested in Korver’s services. Sources said Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles Lakers are also among the Korver suitors.
June 15, 2021 | 1:23 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Nets‘ James Harden plans to play tonight in Game 5 vs. Milwaukee barring a setback in pregame warmups, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . He’s been upgraded to questionable.
June 15, 2021 | 12:30 pm EDT Update
Gary Washburn: #Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen has officially accepted an offer to join Dwane Casey’s staff with the Detroit #Pistons according to an NBA source. Allen was one of Brad Stevens’ assistants who interviewed for the BOS job.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Detroit is finalizing deals to hire three new assistants to Dwane Casey’s staff: Boston’s Jerome Allen, ex-Indiana assistant Bill Bayno and Sacramento’s Rex Kalamian, sources tell ESPN. Kalamian, Bayno worked for Casey in Toronto. Allen interviewed for Celtics HC job last week.
Sarah K. Spencer: I asked Nate McMillan what stood out to him the most about Trae Young’s performance last night (18 assists, just 2 turnovers, 25 points). “He called a lot of plays last night on his own, & we want to build off of that, giving him the freedom to call sets & get guys involved.”