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  1. #1
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    Dec 2007

    Post Kidd mentions the reason why we traded Knight and kept Middleton

    Jason Kidd didn't hold back Tuesday night when he was asked about the reason for trading point guard Brandon Knight at last season's February trade deadline.

    Knight was having a strong season for the Bucks but was sent out at the deadline to Phoenix as part of a three-team trade. The Bucks got point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the 2014 rookie of the year, from Philadelphia in the deal.

    "I wouldn't say we gave up a lot," Kidd said."He (Knight) was having a great season, and he's having a great season this year. But it wasn't we gave up Brandon. We had a decision to make between our backcourt.

    "It wasn't Klay Thompson or Stephen Curry. We weren't going to max out our backcourt. As an organization, we had a decision to make, and we made it."

    Kidd referred to deciding whether to give a big contract to Knight or Khris Middleton, the two players that came over from Detroit in the July 2013 trade for Brandon Jennings. Middleton emerged last season as a legitimate threat at shooting guard and a clutch late-game scorer.

    In the off-season Middleton signed a five-year, $70 million contract with Milwaukee as a restricted free agent. The Bucks also needed a big man and were able to land free-agent center Greg Monroe with a three-year, $50 million deal.

    The Bucks had to make a decision between Middleton and Knight, and it was Middleton they chose.

    Knight has thrived in Phoenix this season after being injured at the end of last season. On Monday night he produced the first triple-double of his career with 30 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in the Suns' 120-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Carter-Williams returned Saturday from a strained plantaris muscle in his left foot and played 40 minutes in the Bucks' double-overtime victory against Cleveland. He had 17 points, five assists and four rebounds while effectively running Milwaukee's offense.

    That's what the Bucks are hoping the 24-year-old from Syracuse can do on a consistent basis.

    "He had been hurt and now he's getting back into the flow," Kidd said. "I thought the Cleveland game was one of his best games, being into the ball defensively.

    "We have quite a few guys who can put the ball in the basket so for him, it's being able to set the floor and get his guys shots. Then being able to look for his shot, I don't want to say last, but being able to get guys going."

    Kidd said Jerryd Bayless will start in the backcourt with Carter-Williams against Washington, with Middleton moving to small forward and Giannis Antetokounmpo to power forward.

    Second-year forward is out with a sprained right foot, making necessary another lineup shuffle.

    "We've asked Bayless to do almost everything," Kidd said. "When you can rely on a vet to start, come off the bench, play the whole game. He's done it all in the first 10 games; now we need him to do it in the next 72."

    Kidd also said guard O.J. Mayo could be active in Cleveland on Thursday. Mayo practiced with the team in Washington on Monday but was sent home for the doctors to check the progress of the right hamstring injury which has kept him out of the first 11 games of the season.

    "He's doing great," Kidd said. "Hopefully he joins us in Cleveland ready to go."

    Seems Sparky was discussing this on post game show a lot last night. Seems like a bunch of fans on the radio wanted Knight yet or wanted to blow up the backcourt and start fresh. So reason was we couldn't afford both Knight and Middleton without letting Henson go and not going after free agent big man which ended up being Monroe.

    Also MCW still on rookie deal. Also we have to extend MCW and Giannis next year. Also Parker soon after that. Also sounds like Mayo might be back versus Cavs. So that's good news. Also seems they know MCW doesn't have to shoot much cause our starters needs to get involved. Where Knight looks for himself as a scorer before distributing.

    Post game show of the loss to the Wizards but Sparky mainly discuss Knight or Middleton. Doesn't mention Lakers pick.

  2. #2
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    Dec 2007
    The decision to trade Brandon Knight didnít clear the way for the Bucks to lay a five-year, $70MM contract on Khris Middleton, as Jason Kidd suggested, as much as it gave them the opportunity to sign Greg Monroe, argues Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post. Milwaukee struggled offensively last season after shedding Knight, but bringing Monroe in as the remedy to that has knocked a hole in the teamís defense, Bontemps points out. Kidd remains confident, chalking the poor play up to the teamís youth, Bontemps notes.

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