The Milwaukee Bucks entered training camp last week with 14 guaranteed contracts and two unguaranteed deals, which belonged to Kendall Marshall – claimed off waivers in July – and Chris Wright, who was brought on board from the D-League near the end of last season.
Rosters must be trimmed to 15 players by October 27, one day before the beginning of the regular season. Barring a trade or some other roster move, the Bucks were seemingly going to be faced with the difficult decision to waive either Marshall or Wright within the next three weeks. However, according to Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin, that’s no longer the case:
— Andrew Gruman (@AndrewGruman) October 6, 2014
So maybe deciding between Wright and Marshall wasn’t going to be extremely difficult – it’s been widely assumed Marshall would claim the final spot – but Wright, a jaw-dropping athlete among a league of jaw-dropping athletes, certainly made a positive impression during his brief cameo last season. He played at least 15 minutes in six of his eight appearances and flashed potential as a reliable defender and rebounder.
The highlight of his season was a 14-point (7-of-9 FG), four-rebound performance, which included a trio of monster dunks, in a 119-116 win over the Cavs on April 11. The win would turn out to be Milwaukee’s only victory over the final 10 games of the season.
Wright originally joined the Bucks on a 10-day contract but signed a non-guaranteed deal prior to the final game of the season, which allowed him to remain with the team throughout the offseason. He worked out in Milwaukee during the summer and played in all five of the Bucks’ Las Vegas Summer League contests, averaging 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game.
While neither Wright nor the Bucks have announced where, exactly, he’ll sign overseas, reports surfaced last week suggesting Greek club Panathinaikos was showing interest in signing Wright. According to RealGM, Panathinaikos featured former American college standouts Stephane Lasme (UMass) and James Gist (Maryland) – in addition to the immortal Roko Ukic, who played 13 games for the Bucks in 2009-10, possibly by mistake – on its roster last season.
Kidd said he didn’t know exactly which team offered Wright a contract overseas but said it was Wright’s decision. Offer he couldn’t pass up.
— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) October 6, 2014
With Wright now officially out of the mix, the Bucks are unlikely to make any more roster moves before the start of the season. Marshall’s deal remains unguaranteed for the time being. Barring a move by the team to change that, it won’t officially become guaranteed until January 10, when all remaining unguaranteed deals become guaranteed for the remainder of the season. The Bucks could still waive Marshall prior to January 10 if a roster spot would need to be opened up for any reason.