The Morning Tip: David Aldridge says that talks with Brandon Jennings on a contract extension aren’t progressing. The Bucks and Jennings have until October 31st to agree to an extension, otherwise Jennings will become a restricted free agent this summer.
“Pretty quiet,” said a source involved in the discussions on Sunday. Don’t think anything will happen here, given the Bucks’ payout to Ersan Ilyasova over the summer and their recent deals with Drew Gooden and John Salmons. And in this case, Jennings may be more interested in seeing exactly how green other pastures are.
Twitter.com: Charles F. Gardner tweets about what may be the most significant injury amongs the Bucks’ wounded, which now include Ekpe Udoh, Doron Lamb, Luc Mbah a Moute, and John Henson.
#Bucks‘ Brandon Jennings says he is experiencing pain in right big toe. He started against Bulls on Tuesday and played 24 minutes.
— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) October 17, 2012
Bucksketball: Jeremy Schmidt breaks down the injuries (Is that a poor word choice?) to Udoh, Mbah a Moute, and Lamb.
Mbah a Moute doesn’t need a camp to know how he fits in with the Bucks or to understand what they’re trying to do. He’s the old man of this group, at least in Bucks years. The longest tenured Buck, he’s only played for Skiles in the NBA. He knows what to do, he knows where to be. When he returns, it’ll be more of a question of how the Bucks want to use him. If Harris isn’t defending as well as the team would like, there will likely be no hesitation about throwing Mbah a Moute into the starting lineup, as it appears the team originally intended to do.
Racine Journal Times: In a piece titled, “The Bucks Aren’t Moving”, Gery Woelfel reiterates a point he’s made before; namely that Herb Kohl has a standing offer from an interested suitor wishing to buy the Bucks franchise.
Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl has had several offers to buy his NBA franchise over the years but, for the last year or so, he has had a standing offer on the table from an out-of-state entrepreneur. In other words, if Kohl was inclined to sell the Bucks right now, he could.
I’m not clear on how this indicates that the Bucks aren’t moving. You know which teams aren’t moving? The Lakers aren’t moving. The Celtics aren’t moving. The Knicks aren’t moving. How do we know this? Because those teams aren’t being wooed by potential owners, and if they did, those overtures would be rebuffed. In my eyes, turning down the offer is a noble gesture by Kohl to keep the Bucks in town. But it doesn’t mean the Bucks aren’t moving. It just means that they aren’t moving yet. The sharks are still circling…
Reuters: … and more just showed up. Yesterday, the city of Seattle approved the public financing for its new, NBA-ready arena. Hurdles await, including an environmental impact study and a lawsuit representing the shoremen who work in the shipping district near the site. But at some point the ownership group in Seattle will want to go shopping, and when they do, the Bucks sit among a handful of targetable teams.
“I thank the City and County Councils for their hard work and their approval of the arena Memorandum of Understanding,” Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said in a statement. “This is another important step toward bringing the Sonics back to Seattle.”
The arena deal builds on an agreement struck in May between hedge fund manager and aspiring NBA franchise owner Chris Hansen, King County Executive Dow Constantine and McGinn. It requires an outlay of up to $200 million in public bonds to help pay for the $490 million project.