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Bucks agree to swap two future second-round picks for Jason Kidd

Jason KiddJason Kidd will be the next head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, as the team agreed to send two future second-round picks to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Kidd’s coaching rights.

The Nets were 44-38 in Kidd’s first season as an NBA head coach. They defeated the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs before being bounced by the Miami Head in five games. The season was not exactly a failure for Kidd, but there was plenty of tension along the way.

Kidd demoted assistant coach Lawrence Frank, who the Nets brought in to help him transition from player to coach, back in December. A few weeks later, there were reports that the Nets were considering firing Kidd before the All-Star break because of the lack of structure within the organization.

As LB mentioned over the weekend, it seems obvious that Kidd forced his way out of Brooklyn by asking the team for more control when he had to have known there was no way they would give it to him. At this point, all indications are that Kidd’s title with the Bucks will be head coach and nothing more.

One of the Bucks new owners, Marc Lasry, is Kidd’s former financial advisor and close friend. There’s a good chance he and Kidd discussed how they could make the deal work and made a power play to force Brooklyn’s hand.

Herb Kohl, new Bucks owners contributing $200 million towards new arena

Milwaukee BucksMilwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl announced Wednesday that he has reached an agreement to sell the team to hedge fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for $550 million. One of the conditions for the sale is that the team needs to be kept in Milwaukee. To that end, Kohl and the new owners have each agreed to contribute at least $100 million towards a new arena.

During Wednesday’s press conference, Kohl said he would be giving a $100 million gift towards a new arena. The new owners have agreed to contribute at least $100 million for a new arena.

The agreement to contribute that kind of cash towards a new arena should help ensure the Bucks stay in Milwaukee for the long term.

“My priority has always been and will continue to be keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee,” said Kohl via an NBA.com release. “This announcement reinforces that Milwaukee is and will continue to be the home of the Bucks. Wes and Marc agree, and they share my commitment to the long-term success of this franchise in Milwaukee.”

One of the big takeaways here is that the sale of the team at this price has to be a good sign for other NBA owners. The Bucks were valued in January by Forbes at $405 million, which was last in the league. If they sold for $550 million, then how much must the other, more attractive franchises in the league be worth?

Milwaukee Bucks promotion gives winners chance to hang out with Coolio

CoolioWith the NBA’s All-Star break in the rearview mirror, we’re now entering crunch time for those teams with playoff aspirations. The Milwaukee Bucks aren’t one of those teams.

Currently at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with a 10-43 record, the Bucks are well on their way to participating in the league’s draft lottery in May. As you would probably expect, attendance this season hasn’t been the greatest. Milwaukee is last in the NBA with an average attendance of 13,364 through 27 home games.

This isn’t to say the Bucks have bad fans, just that given the team’s overall performance to this point it’s understandable that there have been more than a few empty seats at the Bradley Center. That said, promotions are a good way to lift spirits of a fan base and generate some excitement. And with that we bring you the Bucks’ latest idea to engage their supporters.

Glenn Robinson spent eight seasons with Milwaukee, earning two All-Star appearances and a spot on the NBA All-Rookie team. He ranks third in franchise history in field goals made (4,723), fourth in 3-pointers (494), and second with an average of 21.1 points per game. If you’re looking for a Y2K-era player for your promotion, he’s a solid choice.

As for Coolio, he did this.

Congratulations to the lucky winners.

Milwaukee Bucks fans put up billboard telling team to tank

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Next year’s NBA draft class is expected to be one of the most loaded in years, headlined by freshman superstars Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins. As a result, fans of lousy teams are already thinking about ping-pong balls. The Milwaukee Bucks are one of those teams, and a group of their fans has decided to take things to the next level.

On Thursday, the billboard you see above went up along I-43 in Milwaukee. It was paid for by the folks at SaveOurBucks.com, who are holding an official launch party for the billboard next week. Basically, the people of SaveOurBucks.com want the team to stop trying to win by acquiring a veteran here and there and just commit to losing.

Good news, Bucks fans — your team is currently 5-20 and has the worst record in the NBA. It’s looking like a legitimate possibility that Milwaukee will get the most ping-pong balls in next year’s lottery. Wiggins or Parker could very well be in your future. The billboard was probably a bit much.

H/T Deadspin

Brandon Jennings calls out Bucks coach Jim Boylan on Twitter, quickly deletes

Brandon Jennings has not been pleased with Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jim Boylan lately, and his frustration briefly boiled over to Twitter on Saturday. During a 109-99 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jennings was critical of Boylan’s decision to call a timeout with 10 seconds left and his team trailing by 10. He tweeted the following before quickly deleting it, but per usual someone was able to capture it first:

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It’s never a good idea to fire off a tweet before getting a hold of your emotions, but some athletes do it anyway. Jennings has a history of butting heads with his coaches. He never seemed to get along with former coach Scott Skiles, but at one point the fourth-year guard said he felt like he felt like he gotten his swagger back with Boylan calling the shots.

Perhaps that feeling no longer exists. Last week, Boylan benched Jennings after he gave up an easy layup to Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday in the third quarter. Jennings sat out the rest of the game, and afterword he was quick to point out that he felt Boylan was making an example out of him in an unfair manner.

The Bucks are currently fighting for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but Jennings’ stats are down from last year and he has indicated on several occasions that he could make life difficult for Milwaukee when he becomes a restricted free agent this offseason. Based on his history, it’s probably a pretty safe bet that it will happen.

H/T Game On!

Brandon Jennings: I have my swag back with Jim Boylan coaching Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have won both of their games under Jim Boylan since the interim head coach took over for Scott Skiles at the beginning of the week. Brandon Jennings scored 29 points in the Bucks’ win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday and 35 in a win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Jennings looks like he has received a burst of energy from the coaching change, and the fourth-year guard said it has to do with his swagger.

“At first, it was tough for me, just the fact that Skiles was my coach my first four years in the league,” Jennings said according to CSNChicago.com. “Of course, Boylan’s been here for the four years, too. But I know the first night, when we first had him, it was a little different looking on the sideline and (Skiles) wasn’t there. But Coach Boylan, he’s been here for four years, we’ve worked together in the summertime, so he knows my game and I know what to expect from him.

“I felt like I can do what I want. I’ve got my swagger now. I can clown around, dance, do what I want. I might end up changing my hair back again. I think just overall, the confidence that the team has. Everybody’s playing with confidence. Guys are just playing free. We’re not really thinking right now; we’re just hooping.”

Of course, that’s all easy to say after just two games. The Bucks finished the 2011-2012 season with a record of 31-35, and they are 18-16 so far this season. That means at the moment they are still around a .500 team. That being said, teams generally perform better when their superstars are content. At roughly this time last season, Jennings expressed his frustration with the direction of the organization. The fact that he says he is enjoying himself — even if that means bringing back his bizarre hairdo — is certainly a positive for the organization.

Chest bump to Ball Don’t Lie

Warriors trade Monta Ellis to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut, Stephen Jackson

We have our first NBA trade deadline deal, folks. But don’t get your hopes up. It doesn’t involve Dwight Howard, although it’s still a swap involving big names.

The Warriors agreed Tuesday to trade shooting guard Monta Ellis, forward Ekpe Udoh and injured center Kwame Brown to the Bucks for center Andrew Bogut and forward Stephen Jackson, according to Yahoo! Sports.

And how’s this for irony: The Warriors host the Bucks on Friday.

Ellis, obviously, has previously been linked to trade scenarios sending him to Orlando. But instead he’ll be heading to Milwaukee where he’ll be part of a dynamic backcourt along with Brandon Jennings. Udoh, who can also fill in at center, gives the Bucks a young big man with plenty of upside.

With the Bucks hanging around the fringe of the East’s playoff picture, both players will give the team a serious boost that it wouldn’t have otherwise gotten with Bogut out for possibly the rest of the season. And then there’s Kwame Brown, who despite being Kwame Brown was a prominent role player for the Warriors before tearing a pectoral muscle in January.

Bogut, who has faced injury troubles throughout his career, has missed all but 12 games this season, thanks mostly to a fractured ankle. Golden State also welcomes back Stephen “Stak5” Jackson, who for now returns to the team for which he was a key contributor during its impressive 2007 “We Believe” playoff run. We say “for now” because the Warriors are reportedly shopping Jackson in hopes of getting another big.

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