Sam Dekker was almost coming home.
In a trade initially reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Milwaukee Bucks traded Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson, and future first- and second-round picks to the Cleveland Cavaliers for guard George Hill and Dekker, a former star at Wisconsin.
But about an hour after the trade was reported, Wojnarowski tweeted that a third team, the Washington Wizards, had been included in the deal. And instead of Dekker coming to the Bucks, he’s headed out to Washington with Milwaukee getting center Jason Smith and a second-round pick in return.
Dellavedova has been limited to just 12 games this season, while Henson is dealing with a wrist injury that’s expected to keep him out until the spring. The picks, according to Wojnarowski, are for the 2021 draft. Moving the two will clear around $18 million in salary cap space for the Bucks to use during free agency next summer.
As for Dekker, Washington will be his fourth team in as many years. A first-round pick by Houston in 2015 after helping Wisconsin to back-to-back Final Fours, Dekker went from the Rockets to the Los Angeles Clippers in the summer of 2017 and then was moved again this past offseason to Cleveland.
Dekker’s career got off to a rough start in Houston, as he missed much of his rookie year with a back injury. He played in 77 games in his second year and then 73 last season. An ankle injury has limited him to just nine games this season. In the games he has played, he’s averaging 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per outing.
Hill was reportedly in demand by several teams before the Bucks acquired him. The 32-year-old is averaging 10.8 points and 2.8 assists per game this year. Milwaukee will be his sixth team in his 11-year career.
The 32-year-old Smith played in 12 games for the Wizards, averaging 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds.
The Milwaukee Bucks are back on track.
After being forced to stew about an overtime loss to the New York Knicks for four days, coach Mike Budenholzer’s club came out and smacked the Detroit Pistons 115-92 on Wednesday night.
The Bucks were led by guard Eric Bledsoe’s 27 points, while forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists in just 26 minutes of action. Guard Malcolm Brogdon, getting the start in place of an inactive Khris Middleton (DNP-personal), had 14 points and six rebounds.
Detroit was paced by forward Blake Griffin’s 31 points, but only one other player reached double figures.
Former Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer played just seven minutes, scoring six points for the Pistons.
The win pushed Milwaukee to 16-7 on the year, including a 12-2 record at the Fiserv Forum. It also kept the team unbeaten against the rest of the Central Division.
The Bucks get Thursday off before the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors visit on Friday night.
Milwaukee overcame another double-digit deficit to beat Chicago 116-113 on Wednesday night at the Fiserv Forum.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-high 36 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had nine assists as the Bucks battled back from an 11-point first quarter deficit to take out the Bulls for a fourth straight time. It’s their longest winning streak over their neighbors to the south since the 2000-2001 season.
Wing Khris Middleton finished with 17 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final seconds. Guard Malcolm Brogdon added 24 points on 6-for-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
Guard Zach Lavine and former Bucks forward Jabari Parker led Chicago with 24 points apiece.
The win moved Milwaukee to 11-2 in its new arena and pushed the Bucks overall record to 15-6. Both marks are the second-best in the Eastern Conference.
The Bucks will travel to New York to take on the Knicks on Saturday.
The Milwaukee Bucks were unable to overcome a 25-point deficit, losing 110-107 to the Hornets in Charlotte on Monday night.
Coach Mike Budenholzer’s club came out hot and led after the first quarter, but Charlotte took control in the second, outscoring Milwaukee 33-17 to grab a 13-point lead at the break. The Hornets pushed that all the way to 25 before the Bucks made their run and the game wasn’t decided until guard Eric Bledsoe missed a desperation 3-pointer at the final buzzer.
Two-time All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 20 points, while grabbing 13 rebounds and handing out nine assists. Bledsoe chipped in 17 points and guard Pat Connaughton had 15 off the bench.
The Hornets were led by their backcourt duo of Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb, who combined for 42 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.
Former Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky finished with just three points in 4 minutes of action for Charlotte.
With the loss, Milwaukee dropped to 14-6 on the year and only 4-4 away from the Fiserv Forum.
The Bucks now head back home to host the Bulls on Wednesday. The two teams matched up on Nov. 16 with Milwaukee rolling to a 123-104 victory.
The Portland Trailblazers came to Milwaukee with the best record in the Western Conference and were one of the few teams to beat the Bucks this season. They left the Fiserv Forum on the wrong end of a 43-point blowout on Wednesday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out nine assists but didn’t play a second in the fourth quarter as the Bucks earned a 143-100 victory. It was the clubs largest margin of victory since 2000.
Wing Khris Middleton added 21 points and seven rebounds, while Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 16.
The win pushed Milwaukee to 13-4 on the year. It’s the first time the Bucks have been nine games above .500 since the 2009-2010 season.
After getting Thanksgiving off, Milwaukee will welcome Phoenix to town on Friday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points as the Milwaukee Bucks got a 104-98 comeback victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night at the Fiserv Forum.
Milwaukee trailed by as many as 17 points and was down 10 at halftime. But as the Bucks have done throughout the early parts of the season, they made a run and held a 78-77 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
Antetokounmpo was the catalyst for the third quarter run, scoring more than half his points (15) during that stanza. In addition to his scoring, the two-time All-Star had 12 rebounds and six assists on the night. He’s had a double-double in 10 of Milwaukee’s 16 games this season.
Guard Eric Bledsoe added 23 points, while wing Khris Middleton and guard Malcolm Brogdon each had 13.
The Nuggets were paced by Nikola Jokic’s 20 points.
Milwaukee moved to 12-4 on the year, good enough for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
The Bucks will host Portland on Wednesday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks continue to be a bit of nuisance for the Golden State Warriors.
Coach Mike Budenholzer’s team went into Oracle Arena on Thursday night and came away with a 134-111 victory. They became the first Eastern Conference team to win at Golden State since they did it last March.
Milwaukee was paced by a season-high 26 points Eric Bledsoe, while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Malcolm Brogdon chipped in 20 and Pat Connaughton scored 15 off the bench.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 24 points and Kevin Durant had 17.
The Bucks hit just nine 3-pointers — tied for their fewest this season — but had a remarkable 84 points in the paint.
Milwaukee improved to 1-1 on its four-game West Coast road trip and to 9-2 overall, good for second in the Eastern Conference. It’s now on to Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Saturday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks set multiple records on Sunday afternoon and remain undefeated at the Fiserv Forum after a 144-109 win over the Sacramento Kings.
The Bucks set a franchise record with 22 made three-pointers in a game and a season high 144 points. Milwaukee is now 8-1 on the season, which is the team’s best nine game start in franchise history.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with his second triple double of the season. Antetokounmpo finished with 26 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists on eight of 11 shooting.
But Giannis wasn’t the only reason for Milwaukee’s offensive outburst. All but two Bucks players made at least one three point basket, and the team finished shooting 39% (22/56) from behind the arc. Milwaukee had every single player contribute to the scoring explosion, including eight players in double figures.
The Bucks will start a tough four-game west-coast trip against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
There are no more unbeaten teams left in the NBA.
The Celtics saw to that on Thursday, beating Milwaukee 117-113 in Boston to drop the Bucks to 7-1 on the year and forcing them to settle for tying the best start in team history.
Milwaukee trailed by as many as 15 in the fourth quarter and were still down 10 points with 4:24 left. But the Bucks made a run on the back of a couple Khris Middleton 3-pointers and had the game to within three points but could get no closer.
Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a game-high 33 points and 11 rebounds, while guard Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points.
The story of the game was the outside shooting. Boston hit 24 3-pointers on the night, just one shy of the NBA record. That included a 6-for-12 effort by guard Kyrie Irving, who ended up with a team-high 28 points.
As for Milwaukee, which came into the game averaging 40.6 attempts per contest — the second-highest mark in the league — it took just 29 shots from the outside and made only nine. It was their fewest attempts and makes on the year.
The Bucks now head back home to face the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at the FiServ Forum.
The match up of the last two undefeated teams in the NBA will be played without the two biggest names.
The Toronto Raptors announced that forward Kawhi Leonard would not play Monday night in Milwaukee as part of a planned night off for rest. Leonard missed much of last season when he was with San Antonio due to injury, playing in just seven games. Through his first five games with his new team, he’s averaging career highs in points and rebounds.
On the Milwaukee Bucks side of things, they released a statement that forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had entered the NBA’s concussion protocol. The two-time All-Star was elbowed in the head in Saturday’s win over Orlando. He was checked by team doctors then and passed concussion tests to get back in the game. But he was evaluated yesterday and showed new symptoms along with a lingering headache. That’s when he placed in the concussion protocol.
The Bucks and Raptors come into the night’s game at 6-0 and tied atop the Eastern Conference. This is the first matchup between 6-0 teams in league history. Tip at the FiServ Forum is set for 7 p.m.