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Giannis pledges to extend reign at Milwaukee fete

[ad_1] MILWAUKEE -- About 20,000 Milwaukee Bucks fans packed the courtyard outside Fiserv Forum -- nicknamed the "Deer District" -- to celebrate Giannis Antetokounmpo's MVP award. Some fans wore Antetokounmpo jerseys. Others showed up with homemade posters and intricate paintings of Antetokounmpo.The Bucks had set up a temporary stage where a DJ played. The actual ceremony -- where Antetokounmpo briefly addressed the crowd and held up the trophy -- lasted
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Giannis says he’s at ’60 percent’ of his potential

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES -- After a dominant MVP season in which he led the Milwaukee Bucks to an NBA-best 60 wins, Giannis Antetokounmpo said he's at only "60 percent" of what he can fully become.Antetokounmpo said one of the biggest takeaways he took from the Bucks' run to the Eastern Conference finals is that he has a lot more to work on despite averaging 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists,
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Why all NBA players should be free agents, and the draft should be abolished

[ad_1] The Toronto Raptors had barely lifted the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy when the battering ram of the offseason shattered the locker room door. Would Kawhi Leonard stay or go? Kyrie Irving wanted out of Boston -- which teams had cap room? Anthony Davis was soon traded to the Lakers -- who would follow him there? It was time for business.My initial reflex is that professional sports leagues are overrestrictive;
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Thanasis joins brother Giannis with Bucks

[ad_1] Forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo has agreed to a two-year, minimum contract to join the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Eurohoops.net.Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Bucks star and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, averaged 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 33 games, including 26 starts, last season with Panathinaikos B.C. of the EuroLeague. He was initially drafted by the Knicks in the second round of the 2014 draft.The 6-foot-7-foot Antetokounmpo played with New
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Khris Middleton — Why I’m staying in Milwaukee

[ad_1] We have unfinished business here in Milwaukee.This season was a stepping-stone for me personally and for us as a group. I achieved so many firsts on and off the court: I earned my first All-Star appearance; we made the Eastern Conference finals; I became a father.Khris Middleton said the lowest point for him in Milwaukee was losing to the Celtics in the first round of the 2018 playoffs, but
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Middleton will rejoin Bucks for five years, $178M

[ad_1] All-Star Khris Middleton has agreed to a five-year, $178 million contract to return to the Milwaukee Bucks, Excel Sports agent Mike Lindeman told ESPN.The deal includes a player option on the fifth year.Middleton has developed into the co-star to MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Bucks' championship-contender team, and his commitment Sunday reestablishes Milwaukee as an Eastern Conference favorite.1 Related"We are not done. The goal wasn't to reach the Eastern
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Pacers land Brogdon, reach $85M deal

[ad_1] Malcolm Brogdon has agreed to a four-year, $85 million deal with the Indiana Pacers, league sources told ESPN.Indiana is trading a first-round draft pick in 2020 and two future second-round picks to the Milwaukee Bucks for Brogdon, league sources said.After going from a second-round pick in 2016 to NBA Rookie of the Year in 2017, Brogdon has built on his initial success over the past two seasons to enter
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Sources — Bucks plan to re-sign Lopez for $52M

[ad_1] Once free agency opens at 6 p.m. ET, Brook Lopez is planning to agree to sign a four-year, $52 million deal to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources told ESPN.It's possible that no single player changed his future more over the course of the past 12 months than Lopez did by signing with the Bucks.After the 2015-16 season -- Lopez's eighth in the NBA -- he had gone
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Sources — Middleton will rejoin Bucks for $178M

[ad_1] Once free agency opens at 6 p.m. ET today, All-Star Khris Middleton plans to sign a five-year, $178 million contract to return to the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tells ESPN.The deal includes a player option on the fifth year, league sources said.Middleton has developed into the co-star to MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Bucks championship contender and his commitment on Sunday re-establishes Milwaukee as an Eastern Conference favorite.Middleton declined
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Reports — Mirotic to leave NBA for EuroLeague

[ad_1] Free agent Nikola Mirotic plans to return to Europe after five seasons in the NBA and sign with EuroLeague team Barcelona, according to multiple reports.The stretch 4 was projected to have a starting salary of $12 to $14 million on a long-term deal if he signed with an NBA team, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.Mirotic, 28, had a standout career at Real Madrid before entering the NBA with the