ST. FRANCIS — Racine is one of a handful of cities in Wisconsin that have submitted bids to the Milwaukee Bucks to land their new D-League team.
Peter Feigin, the Bucks president, said Racine, Sheboygan, Oshkosh, Green Bay and La Crosse are the finalists for the D-League franchise.
The Bucks are hoping to have a D-League team for the 2017-2018 season.
Asked when the Bucks intend on selecting a city for their D-League team, Feigin said, “in the next six to eight weeks.”
At the recent NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago, Maker was measured at 6 feet, 11¾ inches without shoes and 7-0 ¾ with shoes. He had a 7-2 wing span with a standing reach of 9-2½. His body fat was 8.75 percent and hand width was 9.5 inches.
Bucks add another Schwartz client
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Thon Maker, the Bucks’ first-round pick in Thursday night’s draft, is represented by Jeff Schwartz of Excel.
Schwartz represents a slew of Bucks, including Kris Middleton, Michael Carter-Williams, Jerryd Bayless, Tyler Ennis, Rashad Vaughn, Damien Inglis and last, but not least, head coach Jason Kidd.
Kidd goes on defensive
The NBA has become an up-tempo, 3-point shooting league. You just had to watch the Finals between Cleveland and Golden State to see that.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd vowed his team will be launching more shots from beyond the arc next season, although he and his staff won’t be stressing offense when his team starts workouts for the 2016-2017 season.
“We’re not going to talk offense,” Kidd said. “We’re going to be talking defense.”
More work to do
With the draft now in the books, the Bucks will focus their attention on free agency, which starts July 1. The Bucks are expected to sign one or two free agents, with an emphasis on shooters.
The Bucks had two second-round picks, Nos. 36 and 38.
They chose shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia at 36, and traded the 38th pick to Golden State for an undisclosed amount of cash.