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The Milwaukee Bucks are the reigning NBA Champions, but their 2021-22 title defense has been an up-and-down affair as different players float in and out of the roster with injuries. Still, the team remains in solid position, just 2.5 games back of the first-place Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference standings.

Bucks general manager Jon Horst has proven more than willing to make upgrades when needed. So far, in the nine days since the trade deadline, he’s already added big man Serge Ibaka and wing De’Andre Bembry.

Goran Dragic was the hottest name on the buyout market long before he was even available on said market. Now, it appears Horst is hot on the 35-year-old’s trail in what would be a desperately-needed upgrade in the depleted Milwaukee backcourt.

The Milwaukee Bucks are in search of even more roster depth

The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to add Goran Dragic in the buyout market for another NBA Championship run.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat. | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Going into the trade deadline, the Bucks’ most significant need was another player in the frontcourt. Wing depth wasn’t a necessity but would have been nice to add, and upgrading the backup point guard spot was also on the to-do list.

The first issue was solved in a four-team trade that brought in Ibaka. Brook Lopez, Milwaukee’s regular starter at center and a crucial part of its success the last three seasons, had back surgery following the first game of the year and hasn’t returned.

Ibaka’s ability to space the floor and play drop coverage defensively is almost a like-for-like with Brook. He now becomes an interchangeable part of a rotation that consisted of just Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis.

Then Horst signed veteran De’Andre Bembry after the Brooklyn Nets were forced to clear a roster spot in order to complete the Ben Simmons-James Harden trade. Bembry is a versatile 6-foot-5, fifth-year vet who doesn’t demand the ball and is shooting a career-high from three this season.

That only leaves the reserve guard. This year, George Hill has been Jrue Holiday’s primary backup, but he’s been hurt since the end of January and hasn’t been productive even when healthy.

Donte DiVincenzo went out in the Ibaka trade, and the very next night, Pat Connaughton injured his right hand. He’s since had surgery and is expected to be out until mid-March at the earliest.

Signing Dragic would immediately solve those backcourt problems.

Goran Dragic would be a serious upgrade if the latest buyout market rumors are true

The 35-year-old was expected to be bought out and available for the stretch run for contending teams. After a trade to the San Antonio Spurs, that became official.

It was long-assumed the Slovenian would join Luka Doncic in the Dallas Mavericks‘ backcourt, but it appears Dragic’s market is more robust than initially believed. He’s now taking his time to see how his market develops before making a decision, but the Mavs seem to be on the outside looking in at this point.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Milwaukee is going hard after the former Miami guard:

“(Dragic is) spending this week talking with teams about where he might like to sign and foremost on that list: the Milwaukee Bucks, who have great need in the backcourt.

“They traded Donte DiVincenzo in the deal with the [Sacramento] Kings, they lost Pat Connaughton to an injury for about a month, and so they need guard depth.

“There’s an opportunity for Goran Dragic to come in, play some meaningful minutes for the Bucks, and certainly have a chance to have a run in the playoffs.”

Woj does, however, go on to list the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Nets, and LA Lakers as other possible destinations.

He’s not wrong, though, in saying the Bucks could give Dragic the best combination of playing time and a chance at a championship.

Having already brought in Ibaka and Bembry, adding Dragic could complete the Bucks’ playoff rotation

Ibaka can now slot in with Giannis and Portis, and if Lopez comes back, gives Milwaukee a legitimate four-person rotation up front.

Bembry provides depth behind Khris Middleton, Grayson Allen, Wes Matthews, and — if head coach Mike Budeholzer trusts him in the playoffs, Jordan Nwora. That’s another 4-5 possible guard/wing rotation players.

Dragic would immediately become Bud’s main backup point guard behind Holiday, and the 13-year veteran would be in line for meaningful postseason minutes, likely as one of the first two or three options off the bench.

The 6-3 floor general provides depth and experience where the team needs it most, and Milwaukee would give him a critical role in a title chase.

A Dragic-Bucks partnership is ideal for both parties.

All statistics courtesy of NBA.com.

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By: Andrew Hanlon
Title: NBA Buyout Rumors: The Milwaukee Bucks Are Now ‘Aggressively’ Trying to Add Goran Dragic as Another Piece in a Push for Back-to-Back Championships
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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions

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A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Taylor Swift speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

https://twitter.com/CelebJets/status/1547047653690822661?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 

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Sourced From: celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/taylor-swift-private-jet-co2-emissions-highest-celebrity-rep-statement/589119a2-fb57-48bc-9547-73c28db53d21
Published Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2022 03:07:00 GMT

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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!

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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!

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By: Just Jared
Title: Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!
Sourced From: www.justjared.com/2022/07/31/jodie-sweetin-marries-mescal-wasilewski-with-fuller-house-co-stars-in-attendance/
Published Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2022 04:26:28 +0000

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All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 

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Title: How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season
Sourced From: www.indiewire.com/video/tiff-venice-2022-analysis-spielberg-screen-talk-391-1234746652/
Published Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 20:52:17 +0000

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