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Bucks have until Oct. 31 to decide to keep injured forward Joe Alexander

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Bucks have until Oct. 31 to decide to keep injured forward Joe Alexander
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The Milwaukee Bucks lost an exhibition game at Chicago last night, 87-86. Bucks' rookie Jodie Meeks hit a three-pointer to tie it with 29.7 seconds left. Jannero Pargo made the deciding free throw for the Bulls with 24 seconds left. Both teams missed shots at the end. Milwaukee's Dan Gadzuric missed a jumper from the corner as time ran out.

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Hakim Warrick led the Bucks with 25 points. Rookie Brandon Jennings made two-of-13 shots in his first start at point guard, but he had 12 assists.

Bucks' center Andrew Bogut sat this one out, as he comes off the stress fracture he suffered a year ago in his lower back.

Michael Redd played on back-to-back nights for the first time since tearing a knee ligament last January.

He had 11 points in 14 minutes.

Joakim Noah led Chicago with 20 points and 16 rebounds.

Milwaukee is now 2-3 in the pre-season. They'll host Minnesota on Saturday night.

The Bucks have until Oct. 31 to decide if they want to keep forward Joe Alexander beyond this season.

He was Milwaukee's top draft choice a year ago. But the 6-8 Alexander has been plagued with injuries during both of his training camps.

And he had a disappointing rookie season in which he averaged less than five points and two rebounds in each of 59 games.

General manager John Hammond is not saying what the Bucks will do. Alexander's rookie contract includes two option years the next two seasons.

And if the Bucks keep him, he'll get $2.75 million next year.

Alexander has missed all of this year's training camp with a strained right hamstring - and nobody knows when he'll return.

Coach Scott Skiles says training camp is the most important time for young players and it's unfortunate that Alexander has missed his.

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