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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Articles tagged: Milwaukee Bucks

Report: Richard Jefferson in talks with Milwaukee

Richard Jefferson

Jason Kidd is reportedly looking to bring in an old teammate to give his Milwaukee Bucks some veteran help.

Chris Mannix of the Vertical reported Saturday that the Bucks are one of several teams in talks with veteran forward Richard Jefferson, who was waived by the Atlanta Hawks after his trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Such a move would reunite Jefferson with Kidd, who played together with the New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008. It’s clear evidence that rumors of Jefferson’s retirement were, as reported, very much overblown.

Here’s what jersey ad patches will look like for some NBA teams

NBA owners have approved a three-year pilot program to test out advertisements on game jerseys starting next season, and we now have a preview of what several of the jersey patches will look like.

Paul Lukas of Uni Watch shared a close-up of what advertising patches are going to look like for the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks.

At first glance, the patches the Celtics and Cavs will be wearing seem to blend in quite well. After the two teams take the court a few times, you probably won’t even notice the General Electric or Goodyear logos. But the Harley-Davidson patch? Eh, a bit more tacky, for lack of a better term.

As of July, 11 of the 30 NBA teams had agreed to deals to wear advertisements on their jerseys. While the concept has been a turn-off for some fans, it’s really a no-brainer for owners. People are pretty much going to forget these things exist after opening night.

Bucks could reportedly up Kyrie Irving trade offer if he agrees to sign long-term

The Cleveland Cavaliers have suddenly hit the brakes with their trade that would send Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, and one line of thinking is that they could have a better offer from another team. That team could be the Milwaukee Bucks.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe reports that the Bucks are willing to offer Cleveland a package centered around reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and shooting guard Khris Middleton. While Milwaukee has not yet offered a first-round draft pick, Lowe believes they would be willing to add one if Irving showed interest in signing a long-term deal.

For starters, Irving was reportedly thrilled to be traded to Boston, so he could — and should — make life difficult on the Cavs by refusing to agree to stay with any other team long term. And even if he was willing to commit to the Bucks, is their offer really any better than Boston’s?

The biggest asset the Cavs would be getting from the Celtics is the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick, which has a legitimate chance at being No. 1 overall. They’d also be getting an All-Star point guard in Isaiah Thomas and excellent role player with an even better contract in Jae Crowder. It’s unlikely any other team will beat that deal, otherwise Cleveland wouldn’t have agreed to the trade in the first place.

The Cavs are concerned about Thomas’ injured hip, and one report about the point guard’s recovery could help explain why. However, the Celtics insist they were forthcoming about the injury from the start. If Cleveland wasn’t negotiating in good faith in an attempt to get a better offer from another team, the NBA should step in.

Report: Bucks were ‘close’ to trading for Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

The Boston Celtics apparently beat out at least one other serious Eastern Conference suitor for Kyrie Irving’s services.

John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reported on Wednesday that the Milwaukee Bucks were “close” to a deal for Kyrie Irving and had offered Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, and a future first-rounder.

We heard rumblings from the very start that the Bucks were sniffing around the ex-No. 1 overall pick. But when you consider what the Celtics ultimately gave up to acquire Irving, it’s clear the Cavaliers picked the better offer.

Report: Bucks, Derrick Rose still have not met

Derrick Rose

The Milwaukee Bucks have interest in Derrick Rose, but it doesn’t seem to be going any further than that for the moment.

According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports, the Bucks and Rose have yet to meet despite their ongoing mutual interest.

Rose does not seem to be in any hurry to make a free agent decision. A number of teams have been linked to him, with the Bucks outright confirming their own interest. As of this point, though, Rose does not appear to have had any substantial negotiations or come particularly close to signing with any interested party.

Jason Kidd confirms mutual interest between Bucks, Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Point guard Derrick Rose and the Milwaukee Bucks have mutual interest, according to coach Jason Kidd.

Kidd told NBC Milwaukee’s Lance Allan that the two sides were interested in making a deal.

It doesn’t sound like things are much further along than that at this point, but it obviously means something if Kidd is prepared to go on the record with it.

Milwaukee is one of several teams that has registered interest in Rose. The point guard may have to settle for a short-term deal with a rebuilding project.

Joel Embiid responds to shade from Bucks owner

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid responded to some shade from the Milwaukee Bucks’ owner in a way that only he can.

On Monday, the Bucks held a press conference to introduce new GM Jon Horst. At the press conference, team owner Wes Edens included a jab at the Philadelphia 76ers, who have made “Trust the Process” their motto when talking about their rebuilding process.

Embiid is the centerpiece of the Sixers’ turnaround efforts. He has embraced the “Process” movement and even nicknamed himself “The Process.” So of course he responded to Edens’ remark via Twitter later in the day:

This is just the latest example in a long history of awesome tweets from Embiid showing why he is the king of all social media.