MADISON, Wis. — With the Milwaukee Bucks and free agent point guard Derrick Rose reportedly having mutual interest in a free agency signing, the boys of The Neighborhood were at odds. Nelson said he didn’t mind bringing on Rose if it meant unloading some cap space, while Eric found reasons to keep Rose off the team no matter the cost.
5:23 | Nelson isn’t having any of Eric’s comparison to Malcolm Brogdon
8:30 | Eric keeps bringing up the 2013 rape allegations
10:07 | Nelson thinks Rose could be a great player for the Bucks
11:13 | Nelson challenges Eric to name a better option than Rose
12:43 | The poll results are unveiled
The Milwaukee Bucks will play their last game of NBA Summer League action tonight against the Utah Jazz. Tonight’s tip is scheduled for 5 p.m. CST and can be seen on ESPNU. Both teams have struggled in their NBA Summer League games, both losing their first game in the league’s tournament. The Bucks are currently 1-3, while the Jazz are 0-4. This will be the last opportunity that players will have to make an impression on why they deserve a roster spot either with the Bucks, or their G-League team, The Wisconsin Herd.
Rashad Vaughn has dazzled once again. This is Vaughn’s third Summer League and he is leading the Bucks in minutes, points, field goals made, and field goal percentage. He is also third on the team in steals and assists this summer. Vaughn is averaging 19 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 50.9% shooting. Another familiar face playing on the squad this summer is Gary Payton II. Payton has averaged 7.7 points per game, 3.7 rebounds, 2 assists on 41.7% shooting. He has also really shown a defensive intensity leading the team with an average of 3.3 steals per game.
First round draft pick D.J. Wilson has also shown why the Bucks organization was so high on his draft value. Wilson has been able to play the stretch four position that is becoming more and more important in today’s NBA. He has shown the ability to be a versatile as well as lanky defender who can block shots and rebound. Wilson still has inconsistencies in his game and that’s been seen this summer as well. His three-point shooting is going to need to improve if he plans on getting more minutes this regular season. Wilson is averaging 12.8 points, 6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 40% shooting.
Sterling Brown has been a nice surprise for the Bucks this summer. The Bucks just acquired the rights to Sterling Brown, the 76ers second round pick, days before the NBA Summer League started. He has drawn some comparisons to Malcolm Brogdon because he is a bigger guard (6’6″) who is athletic and explosive. Brown is also long and lanky, which should give him the ability to guard one through three. Brown is averaging 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 41% shooting.
The only other Bucks to have guaranteed roster spots within the organization are Bronson Koenig and Jalen Moore. Both Koenig and Moore signed two-way contracts, which allows for the Bucks to move them back and forth from the G-League to the NBA.
MILWAUKEE — After an initial meeting on Jul. 3 to discuss his fit with the team, the Milwaukee Bucks and point guard Derrick Rose are reportedly set to have a follow-up meeting.
According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, a second meeting will take place, with Rose looking to sign on a one-year contract. The 28-year-old former Rookie of the Year averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game with New York last season.
It should be noted that Milwaukee is currently over the tax apron by about $1.6 million, meaning the Bucks could only offer $5.19 million to Rose, using the mid-level tax exemption. The Bucks could clear some cap space by parting ways with John Henson (as Haynes suggests). Haynes added in his report that there’s “mutual interest an motivation” by both sides to move Henson, the longest-tenured player on Milwaukee’s roster.
LAS VEGAS — Despite three Milwaukee Bucks players finishing in double digit scoring, a lack of rebounding contributed to a 69-65 loss to the Sacramento Kings to open the tournament portion of Las Vegas Summer League play.
The 14th-seeded Bucks grabbed just 27 rebounds as a team, while the 19th-seeded Kings had 22 rebounds between two of their players alone (Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis). Rebounding wasn’t the only issue for Milwaukee, as the defense wore down in the final quarter, allowing Sacramento to take a 21-16 scoring advantage.
Milwaukee was paced by rookie Sterling Brown and Rashad Vaughn, who each finished with 12 points. But for Vaughn, 4-of-18 from the field and 1-of-7 from beyond the arc were far below the standard he set during league play. In addition, the leading rebounder was Reggie Upshaw, Jr., who grabbed all seven boards off the bench. Former Wisconsin standout Bronson Koenig played 14 minutes, finishing with six points.
The Bucks will play at least one more game, however, heading to the loser’s bracket to meet the Utah Jazz on Friday at 5:00 p.m. CT.
LAS VEGAS — With the “regular season” of the Las Vegas Summer League complete, the tournament bracket features a matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
The Bucks (1-2) earned a No. 14 seed in the bracket taking on the No. 19 Kings (0-3) five games away from a Summer League tournament championship. Milwaukee and Sacramento meet Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
Milwaukee enters tournament play led by Rashad Vaughn and his 21.3 points per game, while Sacramento was winless in three games. That includes a 95-92 Monday night loss to the Los Angeles Lakers who were without rookie Lonzo Ball to a groin injury.
A win by Milwaukee means they’ll play against one of the top eight seeds on Thursday night, while a loss sends them to the loser’s bracket for a Friday night game. The championship game will be played on Monday at 9:00 p.m. CT.
The 100-93 loss also saw rookie D.J. Wilson continue his emergence, finishing with 17 points on 7-of-13 from the field. He was hottest in the first half, where he scored 15 of his points, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc.
“I was just taking what they were giving me,” Wilson said. “They were sagging off and whatnot, so I was just trying to make the most of that opportunity.”
Milwaukee built up a 13-point lead by late third quarter, ultimately allowing Los Angeles back in the game by closing the quarter on 2-of-7 shooting from the field. The loss drops the Bucks to 1-2 in Summer League action, with their Wednesday night tournament time and opponent still up in the air. They’ll learn that information at the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games.
Neither Jackie Carmichael, Achille Polonara, nor Tyler Roberson saw any playing time for Milwaukee (coach’s decision). Wisconsin product Bronson Koenig played 21 minutes, finishing with nine points on 3-of-7 shooting (3-5 3FG).
After a brutal start to their summer league schedule, the Milwaukee Bucks bounced back on Sunday night with an 88-83 win against Brooklyn in Las Vegas.
Milwaukee was abysmal on the offensive end against Cleveland on Friday, but against the Nets they found more success, especially 2015 first-round pick Rashad Vaughn. Playing in the town he called home for college, the former UNLV star scored a game-high 31 points.
“I was just trying to come in, be patient and take what they gave me,” Vaughn said afterwards. “[Once I got comfortable], I just kept attacking [the rim].”
This year’s first-round pick, D.J. Wilson, scored 16 points, including a pair of late buckets to help Milwaukee get the win. He also added six rebounds as the Bucks improved to 1-1.
Rookie Sterling Brown, who was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia, put up 16 points after going 0 of 4 in the game against the Cavaliers.
“I felt comfortable out there,” Brown said. “I just had to get my rhythm back.”
Former Badgers guard Bronson Koenig played just 10 minutes and scored three points, going 1 of 3 from the field.
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.
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.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo hasn’t even started playing under the 4-year, $100 million contract extension he got last September and already there’s talk of him leaving Milwaukee.
NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski was on ESPN’s “Russillo Show” this week and suggested that the clock on Antetokounmpo and the Bucks has started ticking, with those around the league already trying to figure a way to get him out of Milwaukee.
Wojnarowski pointed toward the messy situation inside the front office where the search for a new general manager was largely viewed as a disaster around the league, with the Bucks bypassing GM-to-be Justin Zanik and promoting little known Jon Horst to the top spot.
“Milwaukee’s going to go through this with the Greek Freak,” Wojnarowski said. “That day’s coming, right? Where he’s going to look and say, ‘Where is this organization? What are they doing here?’ Like, you don’t think Giannis has been watching what went on there for the last several months? Of what they allowed to go on with the front office? He’s watching it. And the clock has started.”
The potential for star players to move on has ratcheted up in recent years, first with LeBron James taking his talents from Cleveland to Miami, and then Kevin Durant bolting Oklahoma City for Golden State, and most recently, Gordon Hayward saying goodbye to Utah in favor of Boston.
The stigma attached to those who shun theier hometown team in a desperate search for a championship could very well be gone by the time Antetokounmpo becomes a free agent in 2021. And if the Bucks’ front office is in disarray at that point, and the team is still trying to #ownthefuture instead of winning big in the present, it would be hard to fault him for leaving. But for now at least, the Greek Freak has eyes only for Milwaukee, and he took to Twitter on Thursday night to express that.