According to Shams Charania of RealGM, free agent guard Julyan Stone is engaged in talks with a few teams. The Milwaukee Bucks are one of those teams.
Julyan Stone has cleared NBA free agent waivers, discussing possible deal with 76ers, Kings and Bucks now, league source tells RealGM.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 9, 2014
So who is Julyan Stone?
Well, he’s a 6-6, 200-pound shooting guard who spent last season with the Raptors. A former star at UTEP, Stone went undrafted in 2011 before signing a two-year, $1.1 million deal with the Nuggets in December of 2011. Stone appeared in only 26 games over two seasons, spending a couple stints with the Idaho Stampede and Iowa Energy of the D-League.
Stone signed with Toronto prior to last season and appeared in 21 games in 2013-14, averaging fewer than a point per game in 5.7 minutes. The Raptors waived him on Monday.
In order for the Bucks to add Stone, a move would need to be made to free up a roster spot. Milwaukee is incredibly forward-heavy right now, as Nate Wolters, O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight are the only true guards on the roster. Though Giannis Antetokounmpo, Carlos Delfino and Khris Middleton are each capable of playing shooting guard, backcourt depth is an area that will need to be addressed at some point.
Adding Stone wouldn’t be the flashiest move – in fact, it might be the least flashy move – but for a team in the Bucks’ position, bringing in a big, versatile guard on the cheap poses little risk. (Sidebar: Stone is one of only eight NBA players to ever wear number 77 – whaddup Vlad Rad??)
Again, at this point, we only know Milwaukee is interested in Stone. Just how interested the Bucks are remains unknown. The Bucks have been among the quietest teams in free agency thus far, but a move or two figure to be on the horizon given the aforementioned frontcourt overload.