As part of his takeover of Milwaukee Bucks social media Monday, co-owner Marc Lasry spoke to the Milwaukee Press Club and Rotary Club regarding the future of the franchise.
The biggest takeaway from the conversation was Lasry’s revelation that the Bucks have all but ruled out selecting Joel Embiid at No. 2.
Embiid was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot Thursday and underwent corrective surgery Friday afternoon. While doctors full expect Embiid to return to the court, he’ll require 4-6 months to recover. Concerns already existed regarding the health of his back, which caused him to miss all of the Big 12 Tournament and the NCAA Tournament while at Kansas this spring.
Twitter was abuzz following Lasry’s words, as some viewed the quote as an unnecessary tipping of the Bucks’ hand as Thursday’s draft approaches. Others understood it as an indication that Milwaukee is in “win now” mode, despite winning only 17 games last season.
Marc’s son, Alexander, stepped in to confirm what his father meant (h/t Eric Buenning at BrewHoop).
At No. 2, the Bucks are in a position to potentially trade down, but revealing that Embiid is not being considered isn’t exactly a surprise. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Dante Exum seem to be the only realistic candidates at this point, and Milwaukee is guaranteed to have a shot at two of the three, depending upon what Cleveland does at the top of the draft.
Some other highlights from Lasry’s social media takeover:
Lasry would not identify any of the prospective ownership partners.
A tragic note relating to the possibility of a new color scheme:
On free agency in a small market:
Lasry’s social media takeover will continue throughout the day, and he’ll appear on Fox Sports Wisconsin’s “Brewers Live” pregame show Monday night. Lasry will also throw out the first pitch before the Brewers’ matchup with the Nationals.