UPDATE: It’s been reported by Charles F. Gardner and Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Delfino’s deal will be for roughly $10 million over three years, though only the first two years will be guaranteed. The Bucks will have a team option in year three. The first two years will be worth $6.5 million, according to their reports. For a role player like Delfino, the numbers seem pretty reasonable. It’s essentially the same deal Mike Dunleavy got with the Chicago Bulls.
ESPN’s Marc Stein has had his hands full with Bucks free agent reports lately, this time regarding former Buck (and more recently, Rocket) Carlos Delfino:
Hearing: Bucks & Carlos Delfino are closing in on three-year deal after Rockets forced to part w/Delfino to create cap space for Dwight
– Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine), July 7, 2013
The move will bring the 30-year-old Argentinian back to Milwaukee, where he played for three years from 2009-2012. As Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes, Delfino played an important role in the ’09-’10 Fear the Deer playoff run but was plagued by concussion problems in his second season with the team.
Delfino provides offense from the small forward position (10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season) as well as a credible outside threat as he shot 37.5% from beyond the arc last year, slightly above his career average of 36.5%.
- There’s the additional small forward depth we’ve been waiting for – Delfino can theoretically start (he started 53 of 54 games for the Bucks as recently as ’11-’12) and provides flexibility with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute at that position while Giannis Antetokounmpo develops.
- Depending on the terms of the contract, this may be a fine pickup by the Bucks. Delfino has shown in the past that he’s a solid role player who should be comfortable returning to the team and contributing. It remains to be seen if he would be a full time starter or if he’d share time with Mbah a Moute based on matchups.
- How much fun will it be to yell “DEL33333NO!” again? That was a seriously underrated nickname.
- The Bucks sure seem to like their 3-year deals. As Ian pointed out yesterday, John Hammond’s contract also runs for the next three years. Coincidence?
- Milwaukee seems to have a laser focus on role player type veterans right now, given this move, the Zaza Pachulia move and the O.J. Mayo move. It speaks to the “half-rebuild” Michael Hunt wrote about yesterday.
As always, nothing is final until the contract is signed. But this seems to be a pretty comfortable move for the Bucks.