The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic as part of a three-team trade involving the Detroit Pistons, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.
In exchange for Mirotic, the Bucks will send Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson to Pelicans, while four second-round picks will also go to the Pelicans in total.
To complete the trade, the Bucks will send power forward/center Thon Maker to the Pistons.
While the wide-held expectation was that Mirotic would be traded by the deadline, Milwaukee was a bit of a surprise destination. However, the Bucks may be a strong fit for Mirotic, who can settle into the role of sixth-man and feast on strong matchups given that Milwaukee takes 41.6% of their shot attempts from beyond the three-point line, which is second in the NBA.
The 27-year-old Mirotic, who has appeared in 32 games this season, averaging 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists, will likely remained sidelined until after the break as he continues to nurse a calf injury.
The Denver Nuggets think they’re pretty good this season, but the Milwaukee Bucks still think they’re better.
The Nuggets moved to 36-15 with another victory on Friday night, reclaiming the best record in the Western Conference in the process. That led to coach Michael Malone remarking that the Nuggets have “beaten every team in the NBA,” but that, as the Bucks pointed out, was something of an oversight.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 2, 2019
The two teams have not played since November, but the Bucks are right. They defeated the Nuggets twice in the span of eight days.
The Bucks ultimately do not appreciate being disrespected. Their Twitter account will be more than happy to continue correcting the record on stuff like this. After all, the Nuggets may have the best record in the West, but it’s the Bucks who can claim the best record overall.
The Milwaukee Bucks have a new big man.
According to reports, the Bucks agreed to terms with center Brook Lopez on a one-year deal.
Free agent center Brook Lopez has reached an agreement with Milwaukee, league sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 8, 2018
Sources: Lopez agrees to a one-year deal at the bi-annual exception. https://t.co/MIKJKiP33L
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 8, 2018
Lopez is a good bet to start for Milwaukee, who will be looking to take a few steps forward in a weaker Eastern Conference this season. He started 72 games for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, averaging 13 points and four rebounds per game. He averaged 20 points per game the two seasons prior to that while playing for the Brooklyn Nets.
The move to Milwaukee comes as a bit of a surprise, as rumor had it Lopez was likely to return to the Lakers.
Mike Budenholzer is trading one Eastern Conference team for another.
Budenholzer has reached an agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks to become their new head coach, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Bucks were in the market for a new coach after firing Jason Kidd midway through the season, his fourth with the team. Budenholzer was looking for a new job after parting ways with the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks. He also interviewed for the Knicks’ position.
The Bucks finished the season 44-38 — their best record since 2009-10. They have made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons, but they haven’t advanced past the first round since 2000-01 when they made the conference finals. They’re hoping that Budenholzer will be able to take them to the next level.
Mike Budenholzer parted ways with Atlanta Hawks last month following a disappointing 24-58 season, but he may have his pick of at least two other head coaching jobs this summer.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that Budenholzer has emerged as the “focus” of the head coaching searches for both the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks.
Mike Budenholzer has emerged as the focus of the Milwaukee and Toronto coaching searches, league sources tell ESPN. Raptors are opening conversations with Budenholzer and Bucks will re-engage with him early this week, sources said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 14, 2018
The Bucks fired Jason Kidd early in the season, and the Raptors just announced over the weekend that they are parting ways with Dwane Casey. Casey led the team to a franchise-best 59 wins during the regular season, but Toronto was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs.
Budenholzer led the Hawks to the playoffs in his first four seasons with the team, including a trip to the conference finals in 2015. He’s well respected around the league for his ability to develop players, and the Bucks were already reportedly hoping to beat out one team for his services. They may now have to convince Budenholzer that their situation is more attractive than the one in Toronto, which shouldn’t be all that difficult given that Milwaukee has Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Mike Budenholzer is already a hot commodity on the NBA coaching market, and the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to throw their name into the mix now that they have officially been eliminated from the postseason.
It was previously believed that the New York Knicks’ job was Budenholzer’s top choice, but Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that the 48-year-old coach is now preparing to pitch himself to both the Knicks and Bucks. Milwaukee is a much better team at the moment, and the thought of coaching Giannis Antetokounmpo is one that should intrigue Budenholzer, especially with uncertainty surrounding Kristaps Porzingis and his torn ACL.
As Berman notes, the Bucks will be moving to a new arena and are “not afraid to overpay for the right coach.” You would think Knicks owner James Dolan could offer Budenholzer more money, but that may not be the case.
“Budenholzer and his coaches’ approach to development is top-notch,” one source told Berman.
The Knicks have already interviewed numerous candidates while the Bucks are just getting started. Interim head coach Joe Prunty had a chance to state his case for the full-time job, but getting knocked out of the playoffs by a Boston Celtics team that is ravaged with injuries to key players did not help.
Budenholzer and the Hawks parted ways last week after a 24-58 season with a stripped-down roster. He previously led the team to the playoffs in his first four seasons, including a trip to the conference finals in 2015.
Aaron Rodgers is now a complete part of the Wisconsin sports fabric.
The Milwaukee Bucks announced during Friday’s playoff game that Rodgers has become a minority owner of the franchise.
Rodgers is from California but has embraced the Wisconsin sports scene since being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2005. He’s supported the Badgers during their sporting events, attended Bucks games, and has been a fan of the Brewers.
Rodgers is the first active NFL player to have an ownership stake in an NBA team.
Let’s hope this partnership works out better than Rodgers’ last one on the Milwaukee sports scene.