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Report: Bucks pursuing restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe and Greivis Vasquez


A small-market team like Milwaukee can have a new ownership group that’s willing to spend money, and steal away another team’s head coach after he showed a modicum of success in his first season on the job.

But the Bucks can only realistically acquire star-level talent in a few very specific ways.

The team would have to draft it, acquire it via trade, or overpay for it dramatically in free agency. At the moment, it appears as though the last option on the list is the one Milwaukee feels has the best chance for success.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

In addition to weighing possible trade for Lin, I’m told Bucks are pitching offer sheet to RFA Eric Bledsoe and pursuing PG Greivis Vasquez

The potential Lin trade would be one where the Bucks would hope to get a future draft pick or some other relevant asset in return for helping the Rockets clear salary cap space by taking on Lin’s contract.

As for Bledsoe and Vasquez, both are restricted free agents, which means that their current teams have the right to match any offer these players might receive.

In the case of Bledsoe, the Suns have maintained all along that they’d do exactly that, even if an offer sheet for max contract-level dollars were indeed to be signed. But that’s the real issue here — is Bledsoe (or any other marquee free agent) really willing to sign up for max money in Milwaukee?

Historically, the answer’s been a resounding no. The Bucks have a much better chance at someone like Vasquez, but they’ll have to come with a fairly outlandish offer that would be enticing enough for him to consider, while scaring away the Raptors from matching at the very same time.

Celtics ease to 124-91 win at Olimpia Milano in Global Games

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MILAN (AP) — The Boston Celtics eased to a 124-91 victory over Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum on Tuesday, comfortably winning the first of a double-header in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games.

Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Celtics with 18 points, including nine in his first seven minutes after coming off the bench midway through the first quarter.

Jared Sullinger added 14 points, as did Avery Bradley, who also had four three-pointers, while David Lee weighed in with 13 as well as seven rebounds and three assists.

Alessandro Gentile – who is reportedly wanted by the Houston Rockets, who hold NBA rights to the 22-year-old – top scored for Milano, with 19 points.

Next up for the Celtics is Real Madrid in Spain on Thursday.