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Bucks fire Jason Kidd; Giannis Antetokounmpo reportedly 'devastated'

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Bucks fire Jason Kidd; Giannis Antetokounmpo reportedly 'devastated'

The Bucks are in the market for a new head coach.

Milwaukee fired Jason Kidd on Monday afternoon, the team announced.

ESPN's Adrian Wojarnowski was first to report news of the firing.

But here's the thing:

The Bucks (23-22) enter Monday's action in 8th place in the Eastern Conference.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game this season.

In NBA All-Star voting, the "Greek Freak" racked up the second most votes in the entire league -- 2,530,211.

The 23-year old is in the first year of a 4-year, $100 million contract extension he signed in 2016.

He is not a free agent until after the 2020-21 season.

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Gameday: Klay returns, Steph sits to start Warriors' five-game road trip

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Gameday: Klay returns, Steph sits to start Warriors' five-game road trip

The Warriors will be without Stephen Curry when they open a five-game road trip Friday against the young and athletic Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 5:05.

The Warriors (33-9) are coming off probably their worst performance of the season, a 125-106 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, who were without four starters. Neither Stephen Curry nor Klay Thompson suited up. Thompson, however, will return to the lineup.

The Bucks (22-18) are one of the more intriguing teams in the Eastern Conference, largely because of Giannis Antetokounmpo, a 23-year-old forward destined to become a perennial All-Star. Milwaukee is 18-12 since acquiring point guard Eric Bledsoe in November.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 5.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo: Both are long (6-foot-11), athletic, supremely talented and rank in the top 10 in PER. Durant is the most complete scorer in the game. Antetokounmpo’s skills match or exceed those of Durant in most areas except pure shooting and blocking shots. Though Durant is listed at small forward and Antetokounmpo at power forward, they will see plenty of each other.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (back soreness) is listed as questionable. G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain) is listed as out.

Bucks: F Jabari Parker (L knee surgery rehab) and F Mirza Teletovic (pulmonary emboli) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 7-3.

Bucks: 5-5.

GAME OFFICIALS

Ed Malloy (crew chief), Kevin Cutler, Lauren Holtkamp

SERIES HISTORY

This is the first meeting this season. The Warriors swept the two-game series last season and have won seven of the last eight meetings overall. They are 2-1 in Milwaukee since Steve Kerr arrived in 2014-15.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE SEARCH FOR D: Though the Warriors have been a top-four defensive team five years running, they haven’t looked the part lately. They’ve won five of their last seven while allowing an average of 117.0 points per game. Their rating during that stretch is a ghastly 112.1 and only one opponent failed to top 46 percent from the field. They’ve fallen into the dangerous trap of trying to outscore opponents.

PROTECT THE BALL: The Warriors are prone to turnovers, committing 15.6 per game; only the Lakers and 76ers commit more. Moreover, opponents are scoring 18.4 points per game off the gifts. This invites trouble against the Bucks, who are sixth percentage of forced turnovers and eighth in converting them into points.

ROAD STREAK: The Warriors recall their win streak to start the 2015-16 season ended at 24 in Milwaukee. Now another streak is at stake. They’ve won 10 in a row on the road, by an average margin of 11.2 points. Their 17-3 road record makes them the first team to win 17 of its first 20 road games in three consecutive seasons.

Source: Warriors have discussed trading a center to Eastern Conference team

Source: Warriors have discussed trading a center to Eastern Conference team

UPDATE (2:37pm PT on Tuesday): The Warriors are willing to trade back-up center JaVale McGee, multiple league sources confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area.

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After playing prominent roles in the Warriors' march to the 2016-17 championship, veteran centers Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee both returned on one-year deals.

They were expected to make the same impact this season, with Pachulia starting and McGee providing high-energy minutes off the bench.

But the emergence of rookie Jordan Bell has changed those plans.

McGee, who averaged 9.6 minutes in 77 games last season, has seen his playing time drop to 8.1 minutes per game this season. Pachulia has been the starter when he's been healthy, After missing seven games with a shoulder injury, he was active on Monday, but was replaced by Bell in the starting lineup and did not enter the game against the Cavs. Head coach Steve Kerr noted Monday that the matchup will determine if Bell or Pachulia gets the start going forward.

With their playing time dwindling, it appears the Warriors are shopping to the two big men.

According to The Athletic, the Milwaukee Bucks have checked in with the Warriors about a center and the two teams have talked about Pachulia and McGee. A deal is not considered imminent, according to the report.

In the Warriors' 99-92 win over the Cavs, Bell played 26 minutes while David West filled the back-up center role and played 13 minutes off the bench.