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Bucks’ Thon Maker Downplays Trade Rumors

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker is downplaying trade rumors just days after reports circulated saying he requested a trade from the team, citing his unhappiness with his role.

Maker participated in a Q&A style interview with JSOnline’s Matt Velasquez and addressed the rumors while stating his love for the Bucks organization.

“Q: How far in advance did you know that story was going to come out? Did you know it was going to come out?

A: No, no. I’ve been focused on the game, like every single game all year just like I always do. I’m a winner. I focus on the games and that’s all that matters to me. I’ve never just said things recklessly without thinking about it or talking to people about it. I always go back to my people and talk to them about it. I just focus on the game; that’s all I’ve done so far.

Q: For you, does it end up distracting you? Obviously, you’re going to focus on the game, but when something like that comes out I would assume there would be some level of distraction to it.

A: Me, I’m just focusing on the games, man. I love this game so much, I can’t let anything distract me. Like if something happens within a family or something happens to a friend or something like that, I always find a way to focus back on the game. I love Milwaukee. I really want you guys to get this down. I love Milwaukee, I love the fans, the city – it works hard, I work hard and I’ve always done that since the first day I decided to play basketball.”

Milwaukee may not be interested in dealing Maker, but needs to give him more minutes if they believe in his potential, and want to keep him happy.

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76ers’ James Ennis Opting Out of Contract

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Philadelphia 76ers swingman James Ennis is turning down his player option for the 2019-2020 season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Ennis, 28, will hit the free agent market on July 1st after posting 7.9 ppg, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game this season.

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Bucks’ Pau Gasol Out for Season

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Milwaukee Bucks veteran big man Pau Gasol is out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a navicular stress fracture in his left foot, according to an official team announcement.

Gasol, who hasn’t played since March 10th, posted 3.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for the San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks this season.

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Chris Fleming Joining Bulls’ Staff

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Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Chris Felming will be leaving the organization to join the Chicago Bulls as the top assistant to head coach Jim Boylen, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Fleming joined the Nets staff back in 2016 when head coach Kenny Atkinson took the helm.

Fleming also served as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets back in the 2015-2016 season.

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