The last few months have been ambivalent for Donte DiVincenzo. While he had asserted himself as a starter with the Bucks, in a “3&D” role, he injured his ankle in the first round of the playoffs and therefore had to watch his teammates win the title from the bench. , with his crutches.
Obviously, it was not easy to live for the former Villanova. And the following months were also delicate, since he worked to return to the field, within a team which brought in Grayson Allen to take on a role similar to his. Now back, but a bit rusty, he is therefore often cited in transfer rumors as the trade deadline approaches, especially as he is coming to the end of his rookie contract.
“What can I focus on? What do I control? » he asks The Athletic. “I only control my attitude and my daily effort. Those are the two things that I can influence, my attitude and my effort, as the business side will fall into place on its own. »
This is the classic discourse among players quoted in transfer rumours, but Donte DiVincenzo has the advantage of having already experienced this… since he was to join the Kings against Bogdan Bogdanovic!
“What happens if a trade happens? But I have already experienced a trade”
“What happens if a trade happens? But I have already experienced a trade. I have already experienced this. I’m cool. I want to be here. It’s not like I didn’t want to be there, I’m just saying I had that moment when I was like, ‘Hey, you got traded. I received this call. So what do I control? My attitude and my effort. »
Drafted in 2018, Donte DiVincenzo is one of the players in this vintage who were not extended before the campaign. Logical since he was injured. But while he will be a free agent (protected or not) next summer, his future in Milwaukee is uncertain, especially with the arrival of Grayson Allen, linked to the Bucks until 2024.
“There are negotiations, the business side, and Grayson coming”continues Donte DiVincenzo. « We’re all brothers in this league, right? I’m very happy to see my brother getting paid. I knew him before the Draft, but we started to know each other. I’m glad my brother got paid, he deserves every penny. »
Even if it could push him away from Wisconsin, at the trade deadline or next summer.