Aussie big man Thon Maker is as locked in as ever despite being given his sixth-straight DNP against Brooklyn on Tuesday (all times AEST).
The 21-year old's future with the Milwaukee Bucks, who drafted him with the No. 10 pick in 2016, is uncertain and with Friday's trade deadline looming, a move could be imminent.
With all the doubt surrounding his future, Maker has remained optimistic.
"Always positive for me," Maker told ESPN as he left Barclays Center.
"Nothing ever deters me from where I'm going. Always positive; always locked in on my goals, my plans and my job. I just want to do my job to the best of my ability.”
Maker has shown flashes of his immense skill this season with the limited opportunities given to him, but he needs regular court time if he is to fulfil his potential.
Maker’s management indicated that he was looking to be traded and he is yet to play since that was reported.
He is being shopped around by the Bucks and could be moved in the next two days, but Maker’s attention isn’t focused on what comes next.
"I don't look that far ahead," he said. "Literally, I'm taking it day-by-day and when we get on the court I zone everything out and focus on what I'm doing at that moment."