East Notes: Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Cavs, Kevin Love, Heat


Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo shrugged off the sprained right wrist he suffered in the final game before the All-Star break.

“That was yesterday, man. That’s old news,” he said at All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City, via Jim Owscarski of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “It’s a brand new day, man. A good day to be alive.”

Antetokounmpo will be re-evaluated this week.

“He’s a guy that is attacking the basket all the time, and he’s fearless and he takes a lot of falls,” coach Mike Budenholzer said, via Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “So you kind of learn to just expect him to always bounce back up, and that’s what we’re hoping for from this one.”

  • The Bucks intend to put in a bid to host the All-Star Game in 2025 or ’26, per Owczarski. Milwaukee hasn’t hosted the game since 1977.


  • The Cavs intend to retired Kevin Love‘s No. 0 at some point, the team announced, via Marc Stein of The Stein Line. Love agreed to a contract buyout and will sign with the Heat, as we relayed here.
  • League sources expect the Cavs to fill the spot vacated by Love. It very well could be another big man, which the Cavs were already seeking, sources said.
  • As for who may fill the spot, it’s not likely to be anyone splashy. A source told Hoops Wire the Cavs will consider all possibilities, to unsigned veterans to G League call-ups. 


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