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Bucks Select R.J. Hampton At No. 24, But May Be Trading Him

Bucks Select R.J. Hampton At No. 24, But May Be Trading Him

The Milwaukee Bucks selected guard R.J. Hampton with the 24th overall pick in the NBA draft Wednesday night, though they may not be keeping him for very long.

MILWAUKEE: The Milwaukee Bucks selected guard R.J. Hampton with the 24th overall pick in the NBA draft Wednesday night, though they may not be keeping him for very long.

The Bucks were expected to send the 24th selection to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a package of picks included in a deal to acquire veteran guard Jrue Holiday. The Bucks were also trading guards Eric Bledsoe and George Hill to New Orleans as part of the deal, which hasnt been officially announced yet.

Hampton, 19, opted against playing college basketball and instead headed to Australia to play for the National Basketball League’s New Zealand Breakers. The 6-foot-5 point guard returned to the United States in February to recover from a hip injury and prepare for the draft.

Milwaukee is trying to upgrade its roster as it prepares to offer two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo a supermax extension that would pay him more than $200 million over five years. If Antetokounmpo doesnt agree to the extension, he could become a free agent after the upcoming season. ESPN and The Athletic reported Wednesday that another proposed move to acquire swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic in a sign-and-trade with the Sacramento Kings had fallen through.

The Bucks have posted the NBAs best regular-season record each of the last two years, but they lost to Miami in the second round of the playoffs last season after blowing a 2-0 lead to Toronto in the 2019 Eastern Conference finals.

Antetokounmpo met with team officials after the Bucks most recent playoff exit to discuss the teams future.

Obviously I would like to keep that conversation Im having with the ownership and my coach and general manager private, but at the end of the day, every teams got to improve, Antetokounmpo said during a September Zoom session to announce his selection as MVP. “If you did not win the whole thing, youve got to get better. If you win the whole thing, youve got to get better and do it again. So for now, our teams got to get better. I think we have great talent.

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