Less than two months separates the Milwaukee Bucks and their home opener at the BMO Harris Bradley Center when they host the Charlotte Hornets.
Currently, the Bucks, along with the rest of the NBA, are still in the midst of offseason activities, which includes roster adjustments, training camps, and preparation for the preseason. While no roster is 100 percent finalized, Milwaukee is beginning to mold out theirs slowly but surely.
Entering this offseason, the Bucks held the youngest roster in the NBA, with their oldest returning player being that of center Miles Plumlee at 27 years of age. In the past couple of weeks, Milwaukee has added some veteran leaders to their roster, re-signing 33-year old fan-favorite Steve Novak and signing 38-year old Jason Terry.
Novak was picked up by the Bucks last season, but saw his time with Milwaukee cut short, enduring a season-ending injury after just three games with the team. Terry played for head coach Jason Kidd back in Kidd’s first season a head coach with the Brooklyn Nets. The two also shared an NBA championship together as players back in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks.
Here is a look at the Bucks updated roster as of today:
|#||NAME||POS||AGE||HT||WT||COLLEGE||2016-2017 BASE SALARY|
|8||Matthew Dellavedova||PG||25||6-4||198||Saint Mary’s||$9,607,500|
|31||John Henson||PF||25||6-11||229||North Carolina||$12,517,606|
|22||Khris Middleton||SG||25||6-8||234||Texas A&M||$15,200,000|
Terms of Novak’s contract have yet to be disclosed.
Milwaukee has also added the 25-year swing player Xavier Henry to their training camp list. Henry, out of Kansas, has played five seasons in the NBA with three different teams. He failed to make a roster last season after a torn achilles injury and later spent the year playing in the NBA D-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors.
After Lakers workout and deciding among options, Xavier Henry has agreed to a training camp deal with Milwaukee, sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 30, 2016
The former 12th overall pick is determined to make it again in the league, hoping Milwaukee will give him a chance.
“I know guys who have bad injuries and never get hurt again,” Henry said. “There’s no such thing as being injury prone. Yeah, people will watch me closely now, but I’m still a 0-100 type of player. My style isn’t changing, that’s what got me to this point — that’s just me. Just watch and see. There’s a time for talking and a time for work. I’ve been working harder than ever and my time is coming.”
Although the roster sits at the league maximum of 15 players after Novak’s recent deal, Henry could still snag a spot if a trade were to happen in the near future. Luckily for him, the team has expressed their desire of moving center Greg Monroe at some point. Although efficient last season, Monroe did not fit it as expected with Kidd’s run-and-gun style offense. More of an interior, back-to-the-basket scorer, the Bucks saw an increased production from their young stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker once Monroe was moved to the bench.
Get to know the Bucks roster:
- SF/PG Giannis Antetokounmpo (16.9 ppg)
- PG Michael Carter-Williams (11.5 ppg)
- PG Tyler Ennis (4.5 ppg)
- PF/C John Henson (7.0 ppg)
- SG/SF Khris Middleton (18.2 ppg)
- C Greg Monroe (15.3 ppg)
- SF Steve Novak (2.3 ppg)
- PF Jabari Parker (14.1 ppg)
- C Miles Plumlee (5.1 ppg)
- SG Rashad Vaughn (3.1 ppg)
- SG Malcolm Brogdon (Rookie)
- PF Thon Maker (Rookie)
- Matthew Dellavedova (Free Agency)
- Mirza Teletovic (Free Agency)
- Jason Terry (Free Agency)
- Jerryd Bayless (76ers)
- O.J. Mayo (NBA ban)
- Greivis Vasquez (Nets)
- Johnny O’Bryant (Free Agent)
- Chris Copeland (Pelicans)
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