I’m sweating it out in Las Vegas for Summer League — I’m only here for the basketball, nothing else to do here, just a quiet little trip — but jumped on the phone for a latest edition of PBT Extra with Matt Stroup to talk about the latest NBA developments.
Our three topics:
Why did Lance Stephenson take less guaranteed money to go to Charlotte?
Is Mike Miller the start of a trend in Cleveland?
Should the Cavaliers trade Andrew Wiggins as part of a deal to get Kevin Love?
Report: Khris Middleton could return to Bucks before All-Star break
Sources told ESPN.com the Bucks think Middleton, who suffered a hamstring tear just days before the season began, “has a chance” to return to the lineup during a three-game homestand next month before the All-Star break.
Whether Middleton ultimately makes his season debut before or after the All-Star Game, he is expected to be kept on a minutes restriction as he eases way his back from the injury, sources said.
The Bucks have started Tony Snell, who has held his own as an outside shooter. But Middleton will upgrade Milwaukee on Snell’s biggest strength and provide massive defensive improvement. After a strong start, the Bucks have really struggled lately on that end.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has led Milwaukee to a 20-21 record, though the team is better than its won-loss mark indicates. The Bucks will be even better with Middleton, who will rival Jabari Parker as their second-best player and fit seamlessly.
Isaiah Thomas nutmegs Knicks center Marshall Plumlee (video)