Now that he’s officially been signed, did the Milwaukee Bucks do well by making veteran forward Steve Novak their 15th man?
It was no surprise to any Milwaukee Bucks fans who keep an eye on Bucks rumors, but on Monday night the team made it official and signed veteran forward Steve Novak to a contract, making him the 15th Buck under contract for the 2016-17 NBA season.
There are a few things to keep in mind when judging this signing. We’ll get to detailed grades and reactions later, but remember that Novak is Milwaukee’s 15th man.
That means it might be a little dramatic to really get up in arms about this signing. A 15th man doesn’t get many minutes–some teams even roll with 14 at first during the regular season for more trade flexibility later.
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Although the NBA roster holds 15, only 12 can be active on any given day. So Novak probably isn’t going to see 15 minutes per game off the bench–he’s depth and veteran leadership.
Plus he brought a beautiful family to Milwaukee, which should count for something. Okay, time to be serious. Let’s look at the pros and cons of signing Novak, as well as his expected salary and fit with the team. Then we’ll end with the final grade his signing gets.