NBADraft.net: Bucks eyeing Teague? Another day, another guy that the Bucks reportedly are in love with. This time it's Wake Forest's high-flying combo guard Jeff Teague. Charles Gardner reported on May 30 that Teague would work out for the Bucks provided he didn't return to school by the June 15 withdrawal deadline, and the Bucks already saw him at the Minnesota and Golden State workouts last week. It was there that Teague suffered a minor knee injury, so it's unclear if/when he can work out again, but all signs indicate he's staying in the draft at this point.. Aran Smith writes:
We've learned from sources that Milwaukee is extremely high on Jeff Teague and he will likely be one of a small group of players they will decide from at their 10th pick.
Teague's an explosive scorer equally adept at burying threes (44%), exploding to the rack for dunks, or getting to the line. The problem is that he's 6'2", doesn't play like a point guard, and isn't exactly renowned for his defense. So are the Bucks really that interested? I'd guess it's more pre-draft posturing. For one, Teague doesn't seem like the kind of player the Bucks would target given what we know about John Hammond and Scott Skiles. And the Bucks have been linked to just about every other mid-lottery point (Jonny Flynn, Stephen Curry) and big man (DeJuan Blair, Jordan Hill, even B.J. Mullens), so this could be yet another smokescreen aimed at keeping other teams guessing. Ironically, NBADraft.net has the Bucks taking Tyreke Evans in their current mock--no word on if he's even going to work out in Milwaukee, though I can't say I'd complain too much if the Bucks ended up with him.
RU: Vegas Summer League Schedule. Thanks to Scott at Ridiculous Upside for providing the freshly-released Vegas Summer League schedule. The Bucks will play five games between July 10-16 (no specific game times yet):
July 10 vs. Mavs
July 12 vs. Cavs
July 13 vs. Kings
July 15 vs. Bulls
July 16 vs. Raptors
If this schedule is right then the Bucks would be done three days before the VSL closes. I'm hoping to make it out for the first weekend--last year was a very good time and it's always tough to pass up a massive NBA blogger nerdfest. It should also be a good chance to check on the progress of Joe Alexander and Luc Mbah a Moute in addition to seeing Salim Stoudamire and whoever gets drafted.
Ilyasova in Spanish Finals. As noted Sunday, Ersan Ilyasova and Barcelona have advanced to the ACB Finals against rivals TAU Ceramica, beating Jiri Welsch's Unicaja 86-78 in OT. Ilyasova's minutes were again fairly limited as Barca started David Andersen at PF, but it paid off as the more offensively skilled Andersen put up 17 points and eight boards in 32 minutes. Ersan finished with just five points on 2/7 fg and two rebs in 17 minutes, but did manage one highlight reel dunk (h/t Oshmeehan). The best-of-five finals start on Thursday.
- DX: Eurocamp report. Head over to DX for Jonathan Givony's latest from Italy. Aside from a reiteration of the DeJuan Blair knee concern we linked the other day, Givony again mentions the possibility of Jordan Hill being available when the Bucks pick. Fine by me.
BUCKS.com: Junior Bridgeman honored by MACC Fund. Congratulations to former Buck Junior Bridgeman for being named the 2009 recipient of the MACC Fund's Don Contardi Commitment Award, presented each year to a person or a company committed to fighting childhood cancer.
- Bucks.com: Media game recap. I can only assume that BrewHoop's invitations were lost in the mail.