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July 3, 2015

Bucks turn their attention to Monroe, Lopez

Milwaukee Bucks logo 10The Milwaukee Bucks were hoping to land Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler with the start of NBA Free Agency on Wednesday.  That prospect quickly ended when Chandler agreed to a 4-year deal with the Phoenix Suns worth $52 million.

It means the Bucks now turn their attention to Detroit Pistons free agent Greg Monroe.  The 6’11 big man met with the Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.

The 25-year-old Monroe averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds a game for the Pistons last season.

The Bucks also met with 27-year-old center Robin Lopez who played the last two seasons in Portland.  Lopez averaged 9.6 points and 6.7 rebounds a game for the Trailblazers last season.

Two State club pro’s earn PGA invites

WHISTLING STRAITS ENTRANCEA pair of Wisconsin PGA club professionals have earned a spot in the 97th PGA Championship Field at Whistling Straits in August.

Menasha’s Ryan Helminen and Brent Snyder of Hudson both were among the top 20 scorers at the PGA Professional National Championship on Wednesday.

Helminen finished in a tie for 10th place and Snyder finished tied for 16th during competition this week.

Helminen is making his second straight PGA Championship appearance.  He also qualified for the 2014 event at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

Badgers secure commitment from top punter

MotionW_2ColorPunting was an issue for the Wisconsin Badgers last season.  On Wednesday, coach Paul Chryst received an oral commitment from punter Anthony Lotti from West Hall High School in Oakwood, Georgia.

Lotti is considered one of the top punters in the country for the 2016 class.  He becomes the 14th known commitment for Wisconsin’s 2016 class.

Lotti averaged more than 45-yards per punt as a junior.  He was a consensus first-team, all-state punter in Georgia.

Lotti also had offers from Boston College and Air Force.

 

Middleton ready for a big pay day

Milwaukee Bucks logo 11Contracts can’t be signed until July 9, but ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that the Milwaukee Bucks and free agent guard Khris Middleton are close to a 5-year deal worth $70 million.

According to the report, the deal would include a player option in the fifth year that would allow Middleton to return to free agency.

Middleton was a second-round pick by the Detroit Pistons in 2012 and came to Milwaukee with Brandon Knight in the July 2013 trade that sent point guard Brandon Jennings to the Pistons.

The deal averages $14 million a year and makes him the highest-paid player on the Bucks team.  It’s also the largest deal for a Bucks player since Michael Redd signed a $91 million deal in 2005.

 

Dudley to return to Milwaukee

Khris Middleton

Khris Middleton

Veteran forward Jared Dudley will return to the Milwaukee Bucks, opting in to the final year of his contract.

Dudley had a Tuesday deadline to inform the Bucks if he was opting out or exercising his player option in the last year of his 5-year, $4.25 million deal for next season.

Dudley averaged 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 72 games for the Bucks last season, most of it off the bench.  He shot 46.8% from the field and 38.5% from three-point range.

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