Milwaukee Bucks Player News: All Positions

News: Bledsoe (ribs) participated in non-contact drills Wednesday, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Bledsoe is working his way back from fractured cartilage between two of his ribs. while this is a step in the right direction for the point guard, his status for the regular-season opener on Oct. 24 in Houston remains up in the air.
News: Wilson (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Wilson has yet to appear in a preseason contest this year, as he continues to deal with a nagging hamstring strain. However, coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned that it's possible Wilson could see the court in their last exhibition tuneup Thursday before the regular season officially starts next week.
News: Middleton tallied 22 points (9-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes Sunday in the Bucks' 115-108 preseason win over the Wizards.
Impact: Middleton's scoring total led all players from both sides, though it's worth noting that reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) was resting in this one. Still, with Malcolm Brogdon leaving for Indiana in the offseason and Eric Bledsoe (ribs) uncertain to be available for opening night, Middleton could see his usage rate climb back up a bit in the early going after it dropped by nearly three percentage points in 2018-19.
News: Antetokounmpo (illness) will not play Sunday against Washington, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Antetokounmpo went through pregame warmups, but the Bucks ultimately decided to hold him out of what's ultimately a meaningless game. The Bucks will also be without Eric Bledsoe (ribs), Pat Connaughton (rest) and Robin Lopez (rest).
News: Wilson (hamstring) will not play Sunday against Washington, Bucks radio play-by-play voice Ted Davis reports.
Impact: Wilson is still nursing a strained left hamstring, which has nagged him for the past week. Consider him day-to-day as Thursday's game against Minnesota nears.
News: Connaughton will be rested for Sunday's preseason game against Washington, Bucks play-by-play voice Ted Davis reports.
Impact: Both Connaughton and Robin Lopez will get the night off Sunday as part of routine preseason maintenance, but the Bucks will have most of their other regulars on the floor.
News: Lopez will be rested for Sunday's preseason game against the Wizards, Bucks radio voice Ted Davis reports.
Impact: Lopez and Pat Connaughton will both get the night off, and the Bucks will also be without Eric Bledsoe (ribs) and D.J. Wilson (hamstring) due to injury.
News: DiVincenzo recorded 14 points (4-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-7 FT), four rebounds, three assists and a steal across 21 minutes in Friday's 118-11 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: DiVencenzo is trying to re-establish himself after dealing with a heel injury that plagued him all most of last season. The first-round pick from 2018 has a lot of promise, and if he can stay 100 percent injury-free, he could certainly find a role in the offense, but the Bucks took no chances and acquired George Hill and Kyle Korver in an attempt to shore up their backcourt.
News: Ilyasova notched 18 points (6-10 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 1-4 FT), two rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot across 17 minutes in Friday's 118-11 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: Ilyasova appeared in 67 games with the Bucks last season and despite the addition of guys like Dragan Bender and the intriguing Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Ilyasova should be in line for a similar load in 2019.
News: Bender contributed 17 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in Friday's 118-11 win over the Mavericks.
Impact: It seemed extremely unlikely that Bender would be no more than a minor role player when the Bucks acquired him, but right now, he looks nothing like the guy who toiled in Phoenix for three seasons. He had some flashes of good play when injuries began to decimate the Suns' roster, but overall the Croatian product has failed to impress. The new locale seems to be working wonders currently, so we shall see how he is implemented moving forward.
News: Antetokounmpo totaled 34 points (13-20 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and a steal across 23 minutes in Friday's 118-11 win over Dallas.
Impact: It was business as usual for Giannis, as he inflicted quite a bit of damage in only 23 minutes of court time. The Bucks look largely unchanged this season, and Giannis will be the linchpin on both ends of the court. He will be a likely MVP candidate as he tries to get the Bucks back into the playoffs this year.
News: Brown (rest) will be available for Friday's exhibition against Dallas.
Impact: Brown was kept out of Wednesday's matchup due to rest purposes, but he'll get some minutes Friday night, especially with Eric Bledsoe (ribs) out of the mix.
News: Wilson (hamstring) won't play in Friday's preseason game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Wilson continues to battle with a left hamstring strain, and the Bucks have understandably been cautious in the preseason. His next opportunity to return will come Sunday against the Wizards.
News: Matthews will not play during Friday's preseason matchup against the Mavericks, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: The veteran will get the night off, which could prompt Pat Connaughton and Donte DiVincenzo to see more action.
News: Lopez will not play during Friday's preseason matchup against the Mavericks, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: The veteran Lopez will get the night off for rest, likely prompting Robin Lopez and Dragan Bender to see extra time. During the Bucks' first preseason game, Lopez dropped 22.1 fantasy points in 19.2 minutes.
News: Ilyasova (rest) will be available to play in Friday's preseason game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Ilyasova was held out of Wednesday's matchup due to rest purposes, but he's expected to run the floor Friday after being taken off the injury report.
News: Bledsoe (ribs) did not fracture any bones and is instead dealing with fractured cartilage between two of his ribs, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Initial reports suggested Bledsoe sustained a small fracture to his ribs, and while that's not completely untrue, the fact that it's fractured cartilage -- rather than bone -- means his return will be a matter of pain tolerance. As such, Velazquez suggests that it's possible Bledsoe could return before the 2-to-3-week timetable, meaning there's a chance he could be available for opening night on Oct. 24 in Houston.
News: Bledsoe will miss the next 2-to-3 weeks with a small fracture in his ribs, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This news suggests that Bledsoe, who was originally diagnosed with an oblique strain, will at least miss the regular-season opener against the Rockets on Oct. 24 and will be close to returning Oct. 26 at home against the Heat. George Hill stands the most to gain from Bledsoe's upcoming absence.
News: Bender registered 11 points (3-5 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, two assists and three blocks across 15 minutes during the Bucks' 133-99 preseason win over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Impact: Through two preseason games, Bender has looked nothing like the perpetual underachiever he was in Phoenix over the first three seasons of his career. The 2016 fourth overall pick did have a handful of solid performances as the regular season would down last spring, and he's picked up where he left off with back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts in as many exhibitions. If Bender can keep up his current level of play, he could potentially carve out a serviceable amount of minutes in the frontcourt rotation, although capable veteran Ersan Ilyasova (rest) does slot in ahead of him on the power forward depth chart behind Giannis Antetokounmpo.
News: Lopez contributed 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three rebounds and one block across 20 minutes during the Bucks' 133-99 preseason win over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Impact: Lopez supplied his second straight double-digit scoring effort to open preseason, turning in a highly efficient performance from the field. The veteran big man returned to the Bucks on a four-year, $52 million deal this past offseason to help Milwaukee make another run at an NBA title, and he'll look to serve as a key complementary piece while sharing the center position with his brother, Robin.
News: Middleton furnished 14 points (5-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three assists and one rebound across 18 minutes during the Bucks' 133-99 preseason win over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Impact: Middleton couldn't get anything going from distance, but he was otherwise efficient in a comfortable preseason win. The veteran wing re-upped with the Bucks this past offseason on a five-year, $178 million deal and will look to once again serve as a key complementary piece alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo as Milwaukee renews its quest to reach the Finals after falling just short last season.
News: Antetokounmpo supplied 22 points (8-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 6-10 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block across 21 minutes during the Bucks' 133-99 preseason win over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Impact: As his final line implies, Antetokoumpo was in midseason form, checking off every box on the stat sheet while taking advantage of a Jazz starting five that was missing Rudy Gobert (rest) down low. The multi-talented big man is an MVP candidate heading into the regular season after posting career bests in points (27.7), rebounds (12.5) and assists (5.9) during a 2018-19 campaign that ended in a disappointing postseason loss to the Raptors.
News: Bledsoe exited Wednesday's game against the Jazz early due to an oblique strain, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Bledsoe totaled five points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 11 minutes of run prior to exiting the game late in the second quarter Wednesday. It's unclear how severe the strain is and until more is known, Bledsoe can be considered a game-time decision for Wednesday's tilt with Dallas.
News: Wilson (hamstring) will not play during Wednesday's preseason game against Utah, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: A left hamstring strain will prevent Wilson from making his preseason debut. With Ersan Ilyasova (rest) also on the shelf, Dragan Bender and Thanasis Antetokounmpo could see solid run.
News: Brown will not play in Wednesday's contest against Utah due to rest, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Brown, along with teammate Ersan Ilysova, will be sidelined in Wednesday's meaningless preseason game to rest up. Brown will likely be ready to go Friday against Dallas.
News: Ilyasova is resting Wednesday against the Jazz, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: The Bucks will opt to give the veteran the night off. With DJ Wilson (hamstring) also sidelined, Dragan Bender and Thanasis Antetokounmpo could see solid run in the frontcourt.
News: Brown compiled 12 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, and one block in 23 minutes during Monday's 122-112 preseason victory over the Bulls.
Impact: Brown played 23 minutes as a member of the starting unit Monday, coming within one rebound of a double-double. The Bucks were resting multiple players for this one which meant others, such as Brown, saw extended run. He should be a part of the rotation come opening night but is going to find it very difficult to have any real fantasy value.
News: Matthews tallied 10 points (4-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 21 minutes during Monday's 122-112 victory over the Bulls.
Impact: Matthews played 21 minutes as the starting two-guard, scoring 10 points including just one triple. Matthews is basically going to slide into the spot left by the departure of Malcolm Brogdon. He struggled to have value outside of deeper formats last season and it is unlikely things get any better for him moving forward. He will undoubtedly have games where he lights up for multiple three-pointers but they will be few and far between.
News: Mason totaled 14 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six assists, four steals, and three rebounds in 27 minutes during Monday's 122-112 preseason victory over Chicago.
Impact: Mason was in the starting lineup Monday as the Bucks' rested a number of players. During his time in Sacramento, Mason had moments of fantasy relevance but was typically more of a deep league option. Moving forward, it would appear as though that is not going to change barring a number of injuries to those ahead of him.
News: Lopez ended with 14 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, and three blocks in 19 minutes during Monday's 122-112 preseason victory over the Bulls.
Impact: Lopez made his debut for the Bucks against his former team, starting alongside his brother at the center position. This is not a lineup we should expect to see too much once the season proper gets underway. However, he did his best to emulate his brother, blocking three shots and hitting a three-ball. He can have backend value in limited minutes but even that would seem a stretch at this point.
News: Lopez is starting Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Impact: Lopez will draw the start Monday as Milwaukee has elected to rest most of their top players (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe). Despite running with the starting unit Monday, he figures to open the season as depth off the bench.
News: Wilson (hamstring) will be held out of Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Wilson was ruled out for Sunday's scrimmage due to the same hamstring injury, and he'll be held out again Monday, likely as a precaution. His next chance to return will come Wednesday against Utah.
News: Wilson was held out of Sunday's scrimmage due to a hamstring injury, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Wilson said he doesn't believe the issue is anything overly serious, but he'll exercise caution in the preseason, and he'll likely sit out Monday's matchup against the Bulls. The third-year forward missed time with a hamstring injury at the beginning of last season, which delayed his debut until Dec. 5.
News: DiVincenzo is back at full strength after dealing with a heel injury near the end of his rookie season, Delaware Online reports.
Impact: In an interview with a local outlet in his home state of Delaware, DiVincenzo said he's "100 percent" after battling the heel injury for the last several months. After finding himself in the regular rotation early on, DiVincenzo played in only four games after Jan. 1, and he did not appear in any of Milwaukee's postseason contests. The second-year guard will look to work his way back into the mix when camp begins next month, but he'll face stiff competition for minutes from Wes Matthews, Pat Connaughton, Kyle Korver, Sterling Brown and George Hill.
News: Adams signed a training camp deal with the Bucks on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Adams is coming off a rookie season with Atlanta where he appeared in 34 games and averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists across 12.6 minutes per game. He'll compete for a depth role in Milwaukee's backcourt during training camp and preseason.
News: Bender, who was previously expected to sign in Russia, has changed course and will sign a two-year deal with the Bucks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The former fourth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Bender has failed to live up to expectations placed on him by his draft position. While he's made some strides in rebounding and passing since his rookie season, Bender was projected to be a stretch big in the NBA, and he has posted just a 32.1 career three-point percentage. Still, Bender is 21 years old and has upside considering his 7-foot-1 frame and professional pedigree from overseas success. Ultimately, signing Bender represents a low-risk move for the Bucks, who have come to value floor-spacing bigs.
News: Korver agreed to a one-year contract with the Bucks on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Korver had narrowed his choices down to Milwaukee and Philadelphia, but his past relationship with coach Mike Budenholzer likely gave the Bucks and edge. The veteran sharp-shooter will not likely see heavy minutes, but his experience could make him valuable in clutch situations when the team needs a spark off the bench. He hit 2.0 triples per game on 38.4 percent from beyond the arc last season.
News: Mason signed a two-way contract with the Bucks on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Mason averaged 6.8 points, 2.6 assists, and 0.5 triples across 15.8 minutes per game in his first two seasons with the Kings. The Bucks do not have an option for the third point guard on their depth chart yet, so Mason will have the opportunity to earn the role.