MILWAUKEE (AP)—The Milwaukee Bucks selected guard R.J. Hampton with the 24th overall pick in the NBA draft Wednesday night, though they may not be keeping him for very long.
The Bucks were expected to send the 24th selection to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a package of picks included in a deal to acquire veteran guard Jrue Holiday. The Bucks were also trading guards Eric Bledsoe and George Hill to New Orleans as part of the deal, which hasn’t been officially announced yet. Multiple reports said the Pelicans planned to trade him to Denver.
The Bucks added Louisville forward Jordan Nwora in the second round with the 45th overall pick. Nwora averaged 18 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 3-point baskets per game as a junior last season to earn Associated Press All-America third-team honors.
Milwaukee acquired that pick earlier in the day from the Orlando Magic in exchange for two future second-round selections.
Milwaukee is trying to upgrade its roster as it prepares to offer two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo an extension that would pay him more than $200 million over five years. If Antetokounmpo doesn’t agree to the extension, he could become a free agent.