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Bucks pick up Donte DiVincenzo’s third-year contract option

Donte DiVicenzo, Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are picking up guard Donte DiVincenzo’s third-year team option worth $3 million, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium:

The Bucks selected DiVincenzo with the 17th overall pick in the 2018 draft. He appeared in 27 games during his rookie season and averaged 4.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest while shooting 40.3 percent from the field, 26.5 percent from beyond the arc and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.

DiVincenzo was a star at Villanova. He won two NCAA championships and finished his career with averages of 10.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 85 games.

The Bucks open their 2019-20 season on Thursday against James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets on the road. Milwaukee had the best record in the NBA last season, but fell short of its goal.

The Bucks, after taking a 2-0 series lead against Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals, lost four straight games.

Milwaukee lost combo guard Malcolm Brogdon this summer, but was able to acquire sharpshooter Kyle Korver, center Robin Lopez, swingman Wesley Matthews and forward Dragan Bender. The Bucks also re-signed veteran point guard George Hill.

As is the case every year, the Bucks will go as far as MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo can take them. Giannis is eager to redeem himself after coming up short against the Raptors.