East Notes: Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Cavs, Magic


Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo underwent a small procedure on his knee and his status for the FIBA World Cup is in doubt, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Antetokounmpo, a member of the Greek national team, underwent the surgery two weeks ago, Charania added. He is expected to be ready for Bucks training camp in the fall.

The World Cup begins August 25 in Japan and Indonesia.


  • The Cavs made some minor front-office moves over the weekend, promoting former Cleveland Charge GM Brendon Yu to Cavs director of scouting. Yu will be replaced by Liron Fanan, the first female G League GM in franchise history. 
  • Cleveland didn’t make any splashy moves this summer, though it did accomplish what it set out to do in landing guard/forward Max Strus and forward Georges Niang in free agency, wrote Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
  • The Cavs also added some perimeter shooting in the backcourt in Ty Jerome, who they tried to sign to a two-way deal last summer, Fedor noted. He opted for the Warriors instead.
  • While the Cavs reportedly have discussed some potential trades focused on center Jarrett Allen, those talks have seemingly cooled lately, sources told Hoops Wire.
  • In case you missed it, the Cavs have officially signed forward Isaiah Mobley and rookie Craig Porter Jr. to two-way contracts. (Full post)


The Magic waived center Bol Bol, who is now expected to be among the top free agents on the market ahead of next season. Orlando announced the move in a press release.

Bol’s contract of $2.2 million was set to become guaranteed on Tuesday, leading to the move. He averaged 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds on 55 percent shooting in 70 games last season.

The Magic explored several Bol trades ahead of the 2023 NBA Draft, per Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports. The Suns and Mavericks were reportedly among the teams with interest.

  • In case you missed it, former NBA shooting guard Anthony Parker has been promoted to Magic GM. We have that full story here.

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