Champion Bucks trade down, get 2 forwards late in 2nd round

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks traded down in the second round of the NBA draft Thursday night and reportedly received a couple of frontcourt players in Sandro Mamukelashvili of Seton Hall and Georgios Kalaitzakis of Greece.

The Bucks made these moves exactly a week after their parade that celebrated their first NBA title since 1971.

Milwaukee started the night with the 31st overall pick, the first selection of the second round. The Bucks selected 6-foot-10 forward Isaiah Todd but traded his draft rights to the Indiana Pacers. Todd, who played for the NBA G League Ignite this past season, later got traded to Washington.

ESPN and Yahoo reported the Bucks got two of the last seven picks in the draft – No. 54 and No. 60 – as part of the return. Mamukelashvili went 54th. Kalaitzakis was taken with the 60th and final pick in the draft.

Mamukelashvili, a 6-11 forward, was the co-Big East player of the year last season. He ranked second in the Big East in scoring (17.5), fifth in rebounding (7.6) and 12th in assists (3.2).

Milwaukee traded its first-round pick to Houston when it acquired P.J. Tucker in March, but the Bucks also received the Rockets’ second-round pick in that deal. That ended up being the 31st overall choice.

The Bucks exiting a draft without any first-round picks isn’t unusual.

They had the 24th overall pick last year and selected R.J. Hampton but traded his draft rights as part of a four-team deal that enabled them to acquire Jrue Holiday, a key player in this year’s title run. The Bucks did end up with second-round selections Jordan Nwora and Sam Merrill that year.

Two years ago, the Bucks selected Kevin Porter Jr. with the 30th overall pick but traded his draft rights and Tony Snell to Detroit for Jon Leuer, a move that enabled them to clear salary cap space. Porter eventually landed in Cleveland.

The Bucks haven’t made a first-round pick that they’ve kept since taking Donte DiVincenzo out of Villanova with the 17th overall selection in 2018.

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