BUCKS ROUNDUP: Ridnour, Teague reportedly on their way to Milwaukee
Luke Ridnour will be traded to the Milwaukee Bucks as early as today. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said the Timberwolves have completed a three-team deal which sends the 32-year-old Ridnour to Milwaukee, so the Wolves can dump his four-point-three million dollar salary for next year. It’s contingent on Ridnour passing a physical. The deal also sends free-agent guard Kevin Martin to Minnesota in a sign-and-trade arrangement with Oklahoma City. It let the Wolves free up enough money to sign free-agent guard Corey Brewer from Denver. The Bucks are getting another shooting guard to help make up for the losses of Monta Ellis, Mike Dunleavy, and J-J Redick. Milwaukee freed up salary cap space for Ridnour by trading Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to Sacramento on Tuesday, in exchange for two future second round draft picks. Ridnour played two seasons in Milwaukee before leaving for Minnesota as a free agent in 2010. He started all 82 games for the Timberwolves last season as a small shooting guard who often defended opponents six-inches taller. He won’t be doing that as much in Milwaukee, as free agent O-J Mayo appears to be the starter at shooting guard. Ridnour can also play point guard, where the Bucks have given a four-year offer sheet to Atlanta’s Jeff Teague.
The Bucks’ first-round draft pick helped his native Greece win its second game in the European Under-20 basketball tournament. Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had 14 points, five rebounds, and one assist in a 79-to-73 win over Serbia yesterday. Greece is 2-and-0 in its preliminary round competition in Group “A.” The Greeks were scheduled to play Germany today. Bucks’ coach Larry Drew is on his way to Estonia to watch Antetokounmpo play in person. Drew said he’s seen a lot of film on the Greek small forward – and he’s excited about watching him live.
The Milwaukee Bucks are one step closer to getting point guard Jeff Teague. The restricted free agent signed a four-year, 32-million dollar offer sheet from the Bucks yesterday. If the Hawks don’t match it in three days, Teague would most likely replace Brandon Jennings as Milwaukee’s starting point guard. The 6-2 Teague played under new Bucks’ coach Larry Drew for the last three years in Atlanta. Media reports said Drew was behind the Bucks’ aggressive effort to recruit Teague – who averaged around 15 points and seven assists a game for the Hawks last season. Earlier this week, there was a report that the Bucks and Hawks were working on sign-and-trade deals to swap Teague and Jennings. Jennings is a restricted free agent who has not gotten any offers from other teams. Also, E-S-P-N says the Bucks are working on possible three-way deal with Minnesota and Oklahoma City, in which veteran guard Luke Ridnour would return to Milwaukee. He spent two years with the Bucks before signing with the Timberwolves in 2010. The Wolves reportedly want to create salary cap space to sign free-agent guard Corey Brewer. Meanwhile, three other free-agents who got tentative deals from the Bucks did not sign them yesterday, the first day that signings were allowed. Those three are shooting guard O-J Mayo, forward Carlos Delfino, and center Zaza Pachulia. Reports say they’ll be signed once the fates of Teague and Jennings are determined.