MILWAUKEE — With just two regular-season games left Kyle Lauletta Jersey
, the Milwaukee Bucks are assured of a spot when the postseason gets underway next week.
Where the Bucks will be seeded and who they’ll face in the opening round, however, is still up in the air, leaving plenty to play for Monday night when they host the Orlando Magic at the Bradley Center.
They’ll take the court Monday sitting seventh in the Eastern Conference field with Miami, which earns the sixth seed based on a tiebreaker, and a game ahead of eighth-place Washington.
Moving up would be welcomed but the Bucks would be happy to finish seventh. Not only would that allow them to avoid top-seeded Toronto as the eighth seed, a seventh-place finish sets up a first-round series against Boston, which lost point guard Kyrie Irving for the remainder of the season.
The Bucks kept pace Saturday, knocking off the Knicks 115-102 despite playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was resting a sore ankle. He’s expected to return Monday as is point guard Malcolm Brodgdon, who’s missed the last two months with a torn left quadriceps tendon.
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, I can’t wait to have him back,” point guard Eric Bledsoe said. “At the same, I think we did a great job of playing together since him and (Matthew Dellavedova) went down. Those are key pieces of our backcourt, him and Delly. Glad to have Malcolm back.”
Still, his players appreciate Vogel’s leadership.
“Coach Vogel, he wants to see everybody on this team do good, especially the young guys,” forward Wes Iwundu said. “In games like this, it starts by building good habits. He don’t want to see no bad habits out there on the court.”
Along with the playoff implications Taron Johnson Jersey
, Monday’s game also marks the end of an era for the Bucks. It will be the final regular-season contest played at the Bradley Center, the Bucks’ home since 1988.
Milwaukee will move to a new, $500 million facility under construction just to the north of its current home next season.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Sam Darnold is signed, sealed and back under center.
The New York Jets inked the rookie quarterback to a fully guaranteed four-year, $30.25 million deal Monday, ending the contract holdout of the NFL’s No. 3 overall draft pick.
Darnold missed the first three days of training camp practice while his representatives and the team worked out the details. There wouldn’t be a fourth straight absence.
”What’s up Jets fans?” Darnold said in a video posted by the team . ”Man, it’s a pleasure to be signed now. I’m very excited. Very special moment. Let’s do it. Jet up!”
Just a few minutes after the Jets announced the signing – which includes a bonus of about $20 million – on social media, Darnold made his way out to the practice field with his teammates greeting him with a “Rudy”-like slow-clap .
”We were just messing around with him,” defensive end Leonard Williams said with a smile. ”We gave him a little slow-clap and I think it was just more of a welcoming him back and also just a thing the guys do. We mess around with each other a lot.
”We were like, `Oh, he finally made it.”
Darnold spoke briefly to coach Todd Bowles as he joined the team.
”I told him he was late John Jerry Jersey
,” Bowles said, keeping a straight face.
A grinning Darnold made his way to the warmup line and got a pat on the shoulder from Josh McCown.
”Anybody that comes in late and holds out as a draft pick and makes a bunch of money is going to catch ribbing from the team,” Bowles said. ”And this is only the start of it. But Sam has a good spirit and he’ll take it kindheartedly.”
Darnold then jumped right into position drills, handing off to running backs and throwing a few short passes before participating in team drills. After a shaky start that included a handoff, an incompletion and an intercepted pass by Doug Middleton, Darnold bounced back in red-zone drills with short touchdown tosses to fellow rookie Chris Herndon and later to wide receiver Quincy Enunwa.
The 21-year-old quarterback – who was not made available to the media after practice – is expected to compete with McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the Jets’ starting job. But he fell behind slightly with each passing day, and it began to look uncertain as to when an agreement between the sides would come together.
”The competition has been underway,” Bowles said. ”It just didn’t start today. It started (last) Thursday when we reported for camp. He’s got some work to catch up and do.”
While the amount of Darnold’s contract was already clear under the NFL’s wage slotting system, the hang-up appeared to be over contract language.
One issue was offsets, which if included could provide a team with a measure of financial protection if it cuts a player during his rookie contract. The Jets have historically included offset language in their contracts. Not having offset language, a condition that Darnold’s representatives apparently sought, allows a player to receive his remaining salary from the team that cut him Rob Gronkowski Jersey
, as well as get paid by another team that signs him.
According to published reports, another issue was default language related to the guaranteed money. Some teams include stipulations that could void guarantees if a player is fined and/or suspended by the NFL for disciplinary reasons.
The Jets do not make details of contracts available. Pro Football Talk reported that Darnold’s contract includes offset language on future guarantees – if he gets cut during this deal – but the Jets also agreed to pay the quarterback’s full $20 million signing bonus within the next 15 days and removed language in the deal voiding guarantees based on fines by the NFL.
”Obviously, we’re very happy,” general manager Mike Maccagnan said. ”We were very happy we were able to draft Sam and, you know, it’s taken a little while to get the contract done but we feel very good about it. And we’re glad to have him in here.”
The 39-year-old McCown is the incumbent and currently the favorite to be under center for New York at Detroit on Sept. 10 in the regular-season opener. He and Bridgewater took increased snaps in practices in Darnold’s absence, and coach Todd Bowles acknowledged that the Jets might need to bring in another passer to ease the workload on the veterans.
No need now.
Darnold will be able to do some catching up on the field and in the classroom, and Bowles thinks he’ll probably be ready to play in New York’s preseason opener against Atlanta on Aug. 10.
”First day of camp for him,” Bowles said. ”It looked like the first day of camp. He’ll get some studying in and he’ll catch up. You understand the ramifications of missing three practices, but he can catch up and he’s got time to catch up. But he’s got to put his head down, because everybody has a head start.”
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