Eastern Notes: Bucks, Hawks, Brand, Mack

May 7 at 8:23pm CDT By Eddie Scarito

The BucksBrandon Knight doesn’t have a preference to who the team chooses if it lands the first overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, writes Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Knight said, “That’s for our team to decide. I just want a guy, whoever he is, to come in and work hard and understand the type of year we had last year. He [the draft pick] wasn’t a part of it, but understand we can’t repeat that type of season and that none of the guys here will be in a mood where that will be repeated. Our mind-set is going to be totally different. We’re going to approach the game differently. We’re going to remember how this year went for us and use it as motivation.”

More from the east:

  • Elton Brand will take a couple of months before deciding if he will return for a 16th NBA season, writes Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Brand will be an unrestricted free agent after playing out his one-year $4MM contract with the Hawks. In 73 games this season, Brand averaged 5.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 1.0 APG in 19.4 minutes per game.
  • Vivlamore also notes that Shelvin Mack, who is a restricted free agent, would like to return to the Hawks. Mack said, “I would like to be back. I’ll continue to work and improve my game and let my agent and everyone else deal with that. Of course (I want to return). I feel like it’s a great situation for me.” In 73 games this season, he averaged 7.5 PPG, 2.2 RPG, and 3.7 APG in 20.4 minutes per contest.
  • The Hawks have a de-facto team option on Pero Antic, whose $1.25MM non-guaranteed salary for next season becomes fully guaranteed if he’s not waived on or before July 15th. Team intends to keep him past that date, according to Vivlamore (Twitter link). Antic appeared in 50 games and averaged 7.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG, and 1.2 APG in 18.5 minutes played.

Chuck Myron contributed to this post.

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