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Bucks G Knight has mentor in new coach Kidd

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -

As new Bucks coach Jason Kidd tinkers with his lineup for the coming season, it stands to reason that Brandon Knight will be the starting point guard.

Knight had a breakout campaign last year after joining Milwaukee in a trade with Detroit, averaging 17.2 points and 4.9 assists while starting 69 of 72 games. The 22-year-old also has embraced the opportunity to grow under Kidd, who made a name for himself as a 10-time All-Star guard -- leading the NBA in assists and landing on the All-Defensive team five times over the course of his 19-year career.

"He's been through every situation as a point guard so it definitely benefits us as a team," Knight said.

Knight has been sidelined this week by a groin injury suffered Saturday against the Bulls, but neither he nor Kidd are too concerned, given there are two weeks to go before they open in the season Oct. 29 in Charlotte.

"You want to be healthy for the season. We would all like to be healthy for training camp, but sometimes you will have some injuries," Kidd said.

While Knight recovers, Kidd has plenty of options for the remaining three preseason games, including Friday against the Timberwolves in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In June, Milwaukee won a waiver claim on Kendall Marshall, who averaged 8.8 assists and shot 40 percent from behind the arc with the Lakers last season. The Bucks also added Jarryd Bayless, who can play both guard positions, for depth and versatility.

"They are all different," Kidd said. "B-Knight does things differently. His speed is probably the fastest of all of him. Shooting the ball, Brandon shoots it extremely well. Nate is a guy that can get in the paint and cause problems and finish. Kendall can pass and find open guys to knock down a three."

The biggest problem Kidd anticipates: finding enough minutes to go around.

"There's only 40 minutes and you can't play them all," he said.

At times last season, the Bucks used Knight and Wolters together in the backcourt, a look that gave defenses reason to pause. Kidd has toyed with using 6-foot-11 Giannis Antetokounmpo at the position, too, and tried it out Tuesday in Cleveland.

"Coach has to see all the different combinations and stuff like that," Knight said, adding, "We'll see what happens as we go along."

Milwaukee made a pair of roster moves Thursday, waiving forwards Chris Wright and Elijah Millsap.

Wright was signed to two separate 10-day contracts last season and averaged 6.0 points and 2.5 rebounds, but he left the team early in training camp after signing with a European team. Millsap was added to the Bucks' camp roster Sept. 27 and appeared in one exhibition game, scoring four points in seven minutes.

The Bucks also locked in two cornerstones of the current rebuilding project, exercising the rookie-scale options on the contracts of Antetokounmpo and forward John Henson, locking each player in for the 2015-16 season.

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