MILWAUKEE — Two of Milwaukee’s backup guards weren’t available when the Bucks played Philadelphia on Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Reserve guard Marquis Daniels was ill and inactive, and rookie guard Doron Lamb was out with a sprained ankle suffered during his D-League assignment.
Daniels has seen his role diminish of late, averaging just 12.6 minutes and 1.6 points in Milwaukee’s last five games.
Lamb’s injury occurred last Friday night in his final game of a two-game stint with Fort Wayne of the D-League. The Bucks sent Lamb down to get the playing time he hadn’t gotten in the NBA, and the second-round pick averaged 7.5 points per game but shot just 5 of 22 in two D-League games.
With both guards inactive, center Joel Przybilla was active. Przybilla hasn’t seen action since playing three minutes on Dec. 19.
Starting lineup change: With veteran guard Jason Richardson out with a knee injury, Sixers coach Doug Collins started Dorell Wright in Monday’s loss to San Antonio.
Against the Bucks, Collins started former Bucks guard Royal Ivey over Wright because he said Philadelphia couldn’t guard Bucks guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis with both Wright and Evan Turner in the starting lineup.
Leuer traded: Former Milwaukee Bucks froward Jon Leuer is on the move again.
The University of Wisconsin alumn was traded from Cleveland to Memphis on Tuesday as the only return piece of a deal the Grizzlies made to cut salary and avoid the luxury tax.
Forward Marreese Speights, guards Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby and a protected future first-round draft pick were sent to Cleveland in exchange for Leuer.
Under new ownership, Memphis didn’t want to have to trade small forward Rudy Gay to avoid the luxury tax. This move clears $6 million for the Grizzlies.
Leuer, 23, was selected by the Bucks with the 40th pick in the 2011 NBA draft and played one season in Milwaukee before being part of the package sent to Houston for center Samuel Dalembert. The Rockets waived Leuer and he then signed with Cleveland. Averaging 2.4 points per game, Leuer played sparingly for the Cavaliers and bounced back and forth between the NBA and the D-League.