Another familiar face has joined the Milwaukee Bucks. From the team:

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward-center Brian Skinner (6-9, 255) to a contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.

A 12-year NBA veteran, Skinner has played in 605 games and holds career averages of 4.8 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 49.4 percent from the field. Skinner spent the 2009-10 season with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he played in 16 games and tallied 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in 7.7 minutes per contest.

Those who rumble have been rumbling for some time that Skinner has been hanging around Milwaukee and working out with the team, so his signing doesn’t come as a total shock.  Any time a team with 19 guys under contract (15 and a half of those contracts for guaranteed money) signs another player though, it’s a little interesting.

Will Skinner merely be camp fodder?  The Bucks are heavy on guys who are tall, so it doesn’t seem like Milwaukee needs to bring in another body simply to get through the pre-season.  Marc Stein notes through Twitter though, that Skinner’s contract is non-guaranteed, which could indicate that he’ll be released upon the final roster trim down.  Stein also writes that this signing takes Milwaukee out of the hunt for Erick Dampier, which is a bit curious.  If the contract is non-guaranteed, I’m not sure why it would remove Milwaukee from consideration.  If Milwaukee suddenly were able to reach a deal with Dampier, they could just as soon release Skinner again.

It seems like Dampier’s situation played out separate and once Milwaukee realized they wouldn’t have his services this season, they went out and picked up Skinner, who at the very least works hard and knows how to get to the Bradley Center (two previous tours of duty with Milwaukee).

If Skinner does somehow manage to stick around into the regular season, the Bucks will certainly have the market cornered on creative facial hair, should he and Drew Gooden return to their classic beard growing ways.

For now though, that seems like a long shot.

Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog