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Racine Journal Times:  The Bucks may be soon taking a look at Kyrylo Fesenko, formerly of the Utah Jazz, to help partially fill in the hole left in Andrew Bogut’s absence.  Gery Woelfel reports that Fesenko, an unrestricted free agent, may be in town for a workout within the week.

Within the next week, they are expected to take a good, hard look at Kyrylo Fesenko, a 7-1, 290-pound center who played the last four seasons with the Utah Jazz.

“We’ve had discussions about bringing him in and working him out,” Bucks general manager John Hammond said Monday night after the Bucks-Miami Heat game at the Bradley Center.

In all likelihood, if signed, Fesenko would not supplant Drew Gooden as a starter.  He is not a top-tier talent, and he tore ligaments in his left knee if September.

But he IS a legitimate NBA center, and his presence would give Scott Skiles an extra tool of the bench when the Drew Gooden Project isn’t working on the defensive end.

Journal Sentinel: Andrew Bogut wants to return to the Bucks by the end of the season.  His return likely hinges on whether or not his ankle fracture heals on its own without surgery.

Bogut said a CT scan would be taken next Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and sent to several doctors for an opinion.

“Hopefully it’s non-surgical,” Bogut said. “My ultimate goal is hopefully to get back by the end of the season and playoffs if we make the playoffs.

NBA.com: Steve Aschburner compares the Brandon Jennings situation to the NBA’s first big-name forced trade which, as you may remember, also involved a Milwaukee star looking for brighter lights and a bigger city.

“What a lot of people don’t realize is, he told us on Oct. 4 that he wanted to be traded,” Wayne Embry, the Bucks’ former general manager, said by phone from his Arizona home. “He said there was no negotiating, no talking him out of it. It was just, ‘For certain, I need to be traded. Milwaukee is just not compatible. I need something more.’ “

Journal Sentinel: Michael Hunt profiles the second-youngest player in the NBA: Milwaukee Bucks forward (and teenager) Tobias Harris.

You know he can find the basket. Once, the 6-foot-8 forward scored eight points in 3 minutes for the Bucks. Skiles sees an emerging talent, but, like a lot of coaches, is caught by shortened practice times caused by the lockout.

“He is going to be a very, very good NBA player,” Skiles said. “We’re struggling to find minutes for him, but we’ve got to keep looking at him.”

SportsRadioInterviews.com:  Stephen Jackson talks trades and professionalism on ESPN Milwaukee.

“I’m just going to see how it plays out. I mean I’ve got to be professional and obviously I can’t say I want to be traded. No one can say that and I’m not saying that but we’ll see what happens. I would like to be in a better situation if it’s here or somewhere else but my situation has to get better.”

Topics: Andrew Bogut, Brandon Jennings, Kyrylo Fesenko, Milwaukee Bucks, Stephen Jackson, Tobias Harris

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