The Bucks’ Knight Gambit

For the last year, we have seen #OwnTheFuture plastered everywhere on anything and everything produced by the Milwaukee Bucks. Videos. Towels. Posters. And yesterday, it was plastered all over their trade of Brandon Knight for Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee. In Knight, the Bucks had found something that they couldn’t control. By playing at such a high level this season, Knight had, in a way, hijacked the Bucks’ future. Despite owning his rights in restricted free agency, the Bucks had no control over how much competing teams may have bid for the 23-year-old point guard, and thus no…

Quick Fixes for the Bucks

Editor’s note: Minutes after this post went live, the Bucks traded Brandon Knight to the Suns in a three-team deal. In return, Milwaukee received point guard and reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams from Philadelphia, as well as point guard Tyler Ennis and center Miles Plumlee from Phoenix. Expect Eric to have a lot more on the ramifications in the next Quick Bucks. And now, enjoy this week’s edition.   The Bucks have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas in which they can improve. A young team should always be…

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Quick Bucks: A Veteran Presence

There was a lot to be excited about last night in the Bucks season opener. The block from Giannis. Larry Sanders patrolling the lane. Jabari Parker going coast-to-coast. Somehow, though, none of those things really grabbed my attention. The thing that grabbed my attention was Jared Dudley barking out defensive assignments audible on my television in the third quarter. On the next possession, he dove on the floor to start a fast break, which he finished with an assist for a Brandon Knight three. Then, another loose ball corralled by Dudley led to another Brandon Knight three assisted by…that’s right,…