Milwaukee Bucks to focus on NBA offseason

Milwaukee (CBS 58) — The NBA off-season has officially begun for all NBA teams.

The Milwaukee Bucks were, of course, gearing up for the offseason after losing to the Boston Celtics in their seven-game streak last month.

In preparation for the offseason, Bucks general manager John Horst spoke to reporters for the first time since the end of the season.

Horst briefed reporters on the condition of Chris Middleton, who missed 10 Bucks playoff final games due to an MCL strain.

“In fact, he was in the city most of the time. He looks great. He’s starting to ramp up his court work and lifting weights,” Horst said. “He’s fine, he has no lasting effects from the injury and he’s in very good condition.”

The NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 23rd.rd at 6:30 pm Pacific time. The Bucks have 24th to choose. Since becoming general manager, Horst has been active in the draft night trade market, often making pick deals for other players, such as using five picks in a package for Jrue Holiday ahead of the 2020 season.

When agent freedom goes into effect at the end of June, Bobby Portis, Pat Connaughton and Thanasis Antetokounmpo will be able to train. Horst said they will contact these players once they have made a decision.

“Today we are pretty much focused on the Thursday draft. Making such plans and preparing for deals and other things that we can do. ready to correct these decisions when they happen,” said Horst.

Wesley Matthews, Jevon Carter and Serge Ibaka will become unrestricted free agents.

Horst was asked specifically about keeping Wes and Jevon, and said that the team would like to have them back.

“The perfect opponent, the perfect teammate. Understands his role. Understands how to make the most of his role,” said Horst. “I like what he did. I think if we get the chance to bring him back and I know he said that’s what he would like to do. Hopefully we can come up with something when the time comes.”

“I think Jaewon has found a part of his better self with us,” said Horst. “I think he’d like to come back here, we’d like to try and figure out how to get him back.”

Horst also spoke about the transition the Bucks made in February for Serge Ibaki, while Brooke Lopez continued to return from back surgery. Donte DiVicenzo was traded to the Sacremento Kings, while Rodney Hood and Semi Ogeleye were sent to the Los Angeles Clippers.

In return, the Bucks received Ibaka and second-round picks from the Kings and Clippers.

Ibaka played 19 regular season games for Milwaukee, starting with two. He played six playoff games, each with a minimum number of minutes.

“When (the exchange) happened, we absolutely needed Serge to come in and bridge the gap. Apart from Brook’s insurance part, we needed someone’s immediate help to get in. That’s where we thought we were at that point in the season. Serge did a great job. Serge really came and helped us bridge this gap. On top of that, he was an incredible professional,” said Horst.

“At the end of the day, we traded Donte, who would have been a restricted free agent, for some future assets that I think we can use and hopefully repurpose and do something that can continue to help this team going forward. It’s obvious how it ended up being down the wing and up the big not the best. Fully convinced and convinced of why we did it and how we did it. In fact, very happy with the result and I think it got us to the position we were in.”

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