Bucks to have Harley-Davidson logo on jersey next season

The Milwaukee Bucks and Harley-Davidson have agreed to a multi-year deal for the historic Harley-Davidson shield logo to be featured on the Bucks jerseys. The up-coming season (2017-18) is the first year the National Basketball Association (NBA) will permit teams to sell advertising sponsorship space to companies.

Both organizations are internationally known and also have deep Wisconsin roots. Through this partnership, both organizations are hoping to develop and expand their products to the highest levels of the market.

The Harley-Davidson shield logo will be located on the left side of the shoulder/chest and opposite of the Nike logo. New Milwaukee Bucks jerseys with the patch will be available at the Bucks Pro Shop.

Bucks officially re-sign Tony Snell

The Bucks have re-signed restricted free-agent shooting guard Tony Snell. The deal was thought to be done in early July, but has just become official. The terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, but it should be in the neighborhood of 44 million over four years.

Snell had a career year with the Bucks last season. He was arguable the team’s best perimeter defender, and also shot 40.6% from behind the arc. Last season Snell averaged 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 29 minutes per game.

Snell, 25, is another young player the Bucks will hope to lean on for future success. Milwaukee acquired Snell last October from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for point guard Michael Carter-Williams.

Koenig and Hayes finish up their Summer League Schedule

Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes have officially finished up their individual Summer Leagues. Both Koenig and Hayes played in five games, the minimum number of guaranteed games in the Summer League format. Hayes and the New York Knicks participated in the Orlando Summer League while Koenig and the Milwaukee Bucks played in the Las Vegas Summer League. Both teams finished this summer with a 1-4 record.

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Hayes finished up his summer games much earlier than Koenig. The Orlando Summer League went from July 1st through July 6th. The Knicks struggled as a team overall, but Hayes played well enough to earn an invitation to the Knicks mini-camp. An invitation to the mini-camp is a good sign for Hayes, who still hopes to make the team.

Though his numbers might not show it, he played really well this summer. Hayes only averaged 15 minutes a game, but was still able to average 5.2 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. He also shot the ball 41.4%  from the field. Shooting was one area that Hayes has tried to work on in his latter seasons at Wisconsin in the hopes of making it in the NBA. What stood out more than anything were things that Hayes did that  doesn’t show up in the box score.

Hayes played really good defense and showed the ability to guard the three and the four position. He also showed good rebounding positioning and passing abilities. He hardly turned the ball over in the five games he played this summer. Like his time at Wisconsin, he showed that he could pass the ball well, especially in the paint. Hayes will start his rookie mini-camp in the next few weeks.

Bronson Koenig

Koenig and the Milwaukee Bucks finished up their Summer League action on Friday night with a loss to the Utah Jazz. Throughout the summer, Koenig showed that he can still shoot and hit big shots. That being said, Koenig did struggle at times for the Bucks. Koenig averaged 16 minutes a game, in which he averaged 5.2 points, 1 rebound, and no assists. He only shot 29% from the floor (10-34) and an even worse 26% (5-19) from behind the arc.

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Koenig really didn’t show off any of his passing skill for which he was known for coming out of high school. He didn’t have any assists in the five games he played. He was primarily used as a two guard coming off screens , but also played some point guard. Koenig seemed to struggle  guarding in the open floor especially against the pick and roll.

Koenig will need to show that he can play better defense this season in the G-League. He will also need toshoot the ball better than he did this summer. Five games is a small sample size especially when you aren’t getting consistent minutes.  Koenig signed a two-way contract with the Bucks, so he will be playing for the teams new G-League team, the Wisconsin Herd. He will also have the opportunity to potentially play for the Bucks during the upcoming season.

 

Bucks Summer League action kicks off tonight

The NBA draft has come and gone and NBA Summer Leagues are underway. The Milwaukee Bucks will start their Summer League season tonight at 5:30 CST against the Cleveland Cavaliers and the game can be seen on ESPN 2. The Bucks will play in the Las Vegas Summer League that goes from July 7th-17th. The Bucks have put together an interesting roster for this exhibition season.

Fans should recognize a number of players on the Bucks roster this summer. Thon Maker will be playing in his second Summer League after playing well down the stretch last season. Maker earned valuable minutes and showed great potential in the playoffs last season for the Bucks. He will be joined by Rashad Vaughn, who will be making his third appearance on the Milwaukee summer team. This should be a make or break season for Vaughn as his contract has a club option after this up-coming season. Vaughn was seen as a boom or bust talent after coming out of UNLV as a freshman and hasn’t had much impact in his first two seasons with the Bucks. Gary Payton II will also be playing for the Bucks this summer after being picked up towards the end of last season.

The Bucks will have first round pick from this years NBA draft  D.J. Wilson on the roster. The Michigan product should have plenty of opportunities to show Bucks fans why the organization may have reached to draft him. Milwaukee is also hoping to work out an entry for newest acquired Buck Sterling Brown. Brown’s rights were officially acquired by the Bucks yesterday after the league’s front office approved the trade with the Philadelphia 76ers.

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To the excitement of many Wisconsin basketball fans, Bronson Koenig will also be on the roster this summer for the Bucks. Koenig was the first player in Bucks history to ever sign a 2-way contract. Joining Koenig will be another familiar face from the Big Ten Conference, Travis Trice. Trice is the brother of current Badger D’Mitrik Trice and formerly played under Tom Izzo at Michigan State. Another guy on the roster that fans may recognize is Reggie Upshaw Jr. He lead the 15th seeded Middle Tennessee State team to a win over the 2nd seeded Michigan State Spartans last march.

Many experts around the league think that the Bucks Summer League roster is filled with NBA potential. Many believe that lots of these players will ultimately make the Bucks new G-League team, the Wisconsin Herd.

Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss Eurobasket tournament with knee injury

CHINA — A knee injury suffered two weeks ago in practice will keep Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo from competing in the upcoming FIBA Eurobasket tournament later this month. Antetokounmpo was poised to lead the Greek national team in the tournament — something he pleased with Bucks management to allow him to do |but the results […]

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Report: Bucks interested in Kyrie Irving, but Giannis “untouchable”

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 20, and could be taking on the former world champions with one of their star players. A report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski indicates the Bucks have expressed interest in point guard Kyrie Irving, who earlier this summer voiced his preference to be traded from the […]

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Breaking down the Bucks 2017-18 schedule

MILWAUKEE — The NBA released its full schedule of games Monday night, highlighted by some key dates for the Milwaukee Bucks. While the Bucks will have fewer nationally televised games in the 2017-18 season than in past years (16, down from 20 the past two seasons), they’ll still be part of some marquee matchups. That includes […]

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Bucks to have Harley-Davidson logo on jersey next season

The Milwaukee Bucks and Harley-Davidson have agreed to a multi-year deal for the historic Harley-Davidson shield logo to be featured on the Bucks jerseys. The up-coming season (2017-18) is the first year the National Basketball Association (NBA) will permit teams to sell advertising sponsorship space to companies. Both organizations are internationally known and also have […]

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Jordan Brady hired to coach the Bucks’ G League affiliate

The Wisconsin Herd has its first head coach. The G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks named Jordan Brady as coach for its first ever season. “My family and I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks and Wisconsin Herd family as well as the Oshkosh community,” […]

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Bucks officially acquire the draft rights to Sterling Brown

The Milwaukee Bucks have officially acquired the draft rights to Sterling Brown from the Philadelphia 76ers for cash. The trade was reported the night of the NBA draft, but wasn’t made official by the league until this afternoon. Brown was selected 46th overall by the 76ers in the second round of this years NBA draft. This was two spots ahead of the Bucks second round pick (Sindarius Thornwell), which they sent to the Clippers for cash.

Sterling Brown is the brother to former NBA player Shannon Brown. Brown stands 6’6″ and weighs 225 pounds. He played four seasons at SMU and played in a program record 136 games. Brown averaged 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. He also led the American Athletic Conference in three point shooting, shooting 44.9% from three point range. Brown was selected to the All-AAC Second Team.

Brown has been called a taller, longer Malcolm Brogdon. He hasn’t mastered any single skill, but doesn’t have any particular weakness in his game. Brown doesn’t jump out as explosive at first glance, but according to some scouts is a very athletic and lanky guard.

The Bucks are hoping to get Brown on their Summer  League roster as soon as possible. The Bucks Summer League schedule stats tomorrow, Friday, July 7th, against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Other Bucks participating in Summer League competition are Thon Maker, Rashad Vaughn, former Wisconsin basketball player Bronson Koenig, and the Bucks first round pick D.J. Wilson.

Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss Eurobasket tournament with knee injury

CHINA — A knee injury suffered two weeks ago in practice will keep Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo from competing in the upcoming FIBA Eurobasket tournament later this month. Antetokounmpo was poised to lead the Greek national team in the tournament — something he pleased with Bucks management to allow him to do |but the results […]

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Report: Bucks interested in Kyrie Irving, but Giannis “untouchable”

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 20, and could be taking on the former world champions with one of their star players. A report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski indicates the Bucks have expressed interest in point guard Kyrie Irving, who earlier this summer voiced his preference to be traded from the […]

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Breaking down the Bucks 2017-18 schedule

MILWAUKEE — The NBA released its full schedule of games Monday night, highlighted by some key dates for the Milwaukee Bucks. While the Bucks will have fewer nationally televised games in the 2017-18 season than in past years (16, down from 20 the past two seasons), they’ll still be part of some marquee matchups. That includes […]

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Bucks to have Harley-Davidson logo on jersey next season

The Milwaukee Bucks and Harley-Davidson have agreed to a multi-year deal for the historic Harley-Davidson shield logo to be featured on the Bucks jerseys. The up-coming season (2017-18) is the first year the National Basketball Association (NBA) will permit teams to sell advertising sponsorship space to companies. Both organizations are internationally known and also have […]

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Jordan Brady hired to coach the Bucks’ G League affiliate

The Wisconsin Herd has its first head coach. The G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks named Jordan Brady as coach for its first ever season. “My family and I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks and Wisconsin Herd family as well as the Oshkosh community,” […]

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Parker scores 31 as the Bucks rout the Pistons 119-94

It was one of those nights for Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The former No. 2 overall pick shot 72 percent from the field on his way to 31 points, as Milwaukee routed Detroit 119-94 on Wednesday night.

“His confidence is high,” coach Jason Kidd said of Parker, who has now scored at least 20 points in six of the Bucks’ last eight games. “He’s playing extremely well for us and we need him to play like he did tonight.”

It wasn’t just Parker’s scoring, though, he also dished out a season-high seven assists to go along with nine rebounds.

“Everybody is going to look at his points, but I thought his total game (was good),” Kidd said. “Being able to find guys, get guys open, and then on the defensive end, I thought he did a really good job.”

Milwaukee led by 15 entering the fourth quarter, and the Pistons never really threatened to make a game of it.

Guard Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 points and had eight assists, while center Greg Monroe scored 14 off the bench for the Bucks.

Milwaukee’s former first-round pick Tobias Harris led the way for the Pistons, scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

The win got the Bucks back to .500 on the season at 15-15. They’ll continue their four-game road trip tomorrow night when they visit Minnesota.

Sheboygan Armory would be used for more than Bucks basketball

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Joe Wolf is spearheading an effort to bring a Milwaukee Bucks NBA Development League team to Sheboygan, but his proposal to refurbish the Armory would mean a venue for community events and youth programs as well.

“We’d like to provide a safe zone for kids,” Wolf told the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network on Sunday. “There are a lot of troubling things in the Sheboygan community that we’d like to take out of the kids’ lives and we’d like to set the right foundation.”

Wolf is the leader of Lakefront Jewel Group, which hopes to raise enough funds to renovate the Armory, which hasn’t seen much action since the 1990’s. The Armory was once home to the Sheboygan Red Skins, a National Basketball League team operating from the years of 1938 to 1949.

One of the community issues Wolf hopes his plan will protect children from is rampant drug use. According to a WHBL interview in 2015 with Samaritans Hand director Kent Kollath, one of the most common drugs used in Sheboygan County is heroin.

“Actually, the impact in Sheboygan County is bigger than anybody would even be aware of. People aren’t really aware of all the overdoses that they don’t hear about. The problem is huge and all of the problems related to the heroin problem; homelessness, crime, it could be prostitution, neglect of their children — it’s just flooding our city.”

 
A Sheboygan County data report from 2014 shows heroin as one of the most prevalent drugs used in eastern Wisconsin.

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The Bucks have set the goal to have an affiliate team up and running by the 2017 season. It’s a lofty goal, but one Wolf says they can realistically meet.

 

Milwaukee has narrowed down its choices for their affiliate team to three and hopes to make a decision by mid-September before gaining NBA approval.

Feigin: D-League affiliate will have “serious” nickname

MILWAUKEE — While the Milwaukee Bucks have yet to finalize a host city for their future NBA Development League franchise, team president Peter Feigin believes the team will not have a cutesy nickname.

“[The D-League team] is a direct brand extension,” Feigin said Sunday on “The Neighborhood.” “…We’re going to be awfully serious about what the connection is. This will not be the [American Hockey League’s] Albany River Rats; this will not be interesting — [International League’s] [Toledo] Mud Hens. This will be…something that’s true and authentic.”

The Bucks have set a soft deadline of mid-September for when they’d like to name a finalist for the affiliate’s host city. It would then go to the NBA for league approval, which is a streamlined process based on the number of times they’ve gone through the process before. By the 2017 season, the Bucks hope to have that team fully functioning as their D-League franchise.

Feigin said there are no team names currently in discussion for whichever city ends up hosting the Bucks’ affiliate, but joked that they’re running out of time to think of one.

There are now three finalists in the running for Milwaukee’s D-League affiliate, and although Feigin didn’t specify, the likely candidates are Oshkosh, Racine, and Sheboygan.

Jason Terry to sign with Bucks on Monday

MILWAUKEE — In search of a veteran presence in the locker room and some production from the guard position, the Milwaukee Bucks will reportedly sign Jason Terry on Monday.

Terry will enter his 18th NBA season at 28 years of age, averaging a career 44.4 percent on field goals and 37.9 percent from distance.

Terry tells Fox 26 that the Bucks are “a young team on the cusp of doing great things and the Bucks have a great coach in Jason Kidd.” Most of his career was spent in Atlanta and Dallas, where he averaged over 16 points per game over 13 seasons. Terry’s playing time has dropped considerably, however, averaging 19.5 minutes per game in his last two NBA seasons (2014-16) with the Houston Rockets.

The Bucks had previously been in the very early stages of talks with 41-year-old Ray Allen, but it’s unclear if those talks will continue after Terry officially signs.

Sheboygan a strong contender for Bucks affiliate site

MILWAUKEE — The city of Sheboygan should be considered a strong contender to host a future Milwaukee Bucks NBA Development League team, given its proximity to Milwaukee and ownership group.

As the Bucks aim to announce a host city for their D-League affiliate by September, team president Peter Feigin praised the efforts being made by Lakefront Jewel Group to potentially host a team. In a Sunday interview on “The Neighborhood,” Feigin specifically mentioned former Bucks player and assistant coach Joe Wolf, who leads the charge for LJG in reconstructing the Armory.

 

While each city hoping to make a bid for the Bucks affiliate was required to fill out a privacy agreement, it’s no surprise Sheboygan is in the running, considering the connection with Wolf. He has experience coaching in the Continental Basketball Association (2004-2006) and the D League (2006-2008), as well as the NBA as an assistant coach (2008-present).

Wolf posted a number of renderings on Twitter of what the Armory could look like once the renovation project is completed.

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Other cities reported to be in the hunt for a new Bucks D League team include Racine and Oshkosh, while La Crosse was ruled out last weekend.