Well, that was an eventful All-Star weekend, huh? We got to see co-owner Marc Lasry string together a wonderful nine-point performance in the Celebrity game on Friday evening, Malcolm Brogdon follow up shortly thereafter with a stint on Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge, and of course, witnessed the Bucks first All-Star starter in over three decades in Giannis Antetokounmpo (obligatory recap of his dunks also right here).
We’ll have the memories of the weekend to cherish going forward into the ceremonial second half of the NBA season, and today we’ll take some time to prep you for the real start to NBA Trade Season, check in on the progress of the arena downtown, and so much more!
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s first NBA All-Star appearance is just the first step in a promising career (The Undefeated)
Yes, the All-Star Game has wrapped up, and yes, Giannis Antetokounmpo did have some great highlights. More importantly, he got the chance to draw national (if not global) eyeballs for a single night, upping his name recognition if anything. He’s following in the footsteps of his famed head coach, Jason Kidd, and Marc Spears previews his path heading forward.
The Trade Deadline Mailbag (The Ringer)
Bill Simmons is known as a man of many identities; columnist, podcaster, founder of Grantland, gentleman behind ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, and now as the CEO of The Ringer. But more than all of that, he’s a guy who can provide some very timely stoking of the fires that burn in all NBA fans’ hearts as trade season arrives.
You can look at this piece as a general primer for the week ahead, and Simmons offers a deal for the Bucks which is equal parts fantasy and conversation starter. Enjoy everything Simmons has to offer, and let him kick-start your TradeMachines.
Kevin Garnett continues to leak insider information from his time standing in as an instructor with the Bucks earlier this year, and this time he takes aim at Thon Maker.
The main takeaway is that Garnett recognized in Maker the sort of drive and love of basketball that Kevin had as a franchise star for so many seasons. Maker acknowledges the amount of work still left in front of him, but if he’s willing to continue to add to his skillset, maybe he too will have a show on NBA TV after retiring. Too soon?
You might have seen this in the comments section on an earlier post last week or all over social media, but the backstory to the mural painted over the court Giannis used to play on in Athens is intriguing nonetheless. Give it a look!
If you’re hoping for the dealing of either Greg Monroe and/or Michael Beasley at the trade deadline, you surely must be happy with some media exposure given their performances last week.
This piece is interesting if only because it does a great job tracking the unique paths these two have taken on their journey to some level of prominence on a Bucks team needing all the help they can get.
Whether they stick around and continue to contribute to a run for the playoffs, or are wearing another team’s uniform by the end of the week remains to be seen, but they’ve definitely found at least a role in Milwaukee.
Forbes: Milwaukee Bucks value increases to $785 million (Milwaukee Business Journal)
NBA franchises continue to skyrocket in value, and that type of trend is the very same for the Milwaukee Bucks. Operating revenues and profits are at an all time high, and the average value of an NBA team has jumped an average of 3.5x since the signing of a TV deal with ESPN & TNT (which went into effect this year).
Despite the flashy tag price, the Bucks sit well below the average cost for an NBA team which stands currently at $1.36 billion (!). Regardless, owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens, and Jamie Dinan have to feel good about their $550 million purchase of the team in 2014.
And with all of that, we’ve got a bit of waiting ahead of us before the Bucks play again this coming Friday as the Utah Jazz come to town. Keep everything tuned here as we breakdown any and all trade rumors, ideas, and transactions as we approach one of our most favorite times of the year!