Milwaukee Bucks to sign Gerald Green on non-guaranteed deal

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: Gerald Green
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: Gerald Green /

Ahead of the start of training camp, the Milwaukee Bucks have added journeyman guard Gerald Green on a non-guaranteed contract.

Another day, another bit of roster news for the Milwaukee Bucks.

First reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical, the Bucks have added veteran swingman Gerald Green on a non-guaranteed deal ahead of the start of training camp.

As Charania noted in his detailed report on the signing, the expectation is for the 31-year-old Green to compete for the 15th and final spot on the team’s roster, along with the recent additions the Bucks have made in recent days.

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Green comes to Milwaukee by way of Boston after spending last season with the Celtics, which served as a homecoming of sorts for the Houston native as he was drafted 18th overall by the team in the 2005 NBA Draft.

In 47 appearances last year, Green averaged 5.6 points on 40.9 percent shooting from the field and 35.1 percent shooting from deep in 11.4 minutes per game.

While Green’s role was rather inconsistent during the regular season, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens turned to Green and inserted him in the team’s starting lineup for pivotal games during their run in the postseason.

By doing so, Green managed to make an impact as he averaged 7.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting from the field and 46.7 percent shooting from downtown in 13 total appearances, seven of them being starts.

Besides suiting up for the Celtics on two different stints, Green has also logged time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, the then-New Jersey Nets, Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns and finally, the Miami Heat on the NBA level.

On the Bucks’ side of the transaction, the addition of Green brings the roster to 20 players ahead of training camp, the maximum a team can bring in. Additionally, and more importantly, bringing in Green only adds more competition to what will be an interesting wrinkle in the team’s upcoming training camp and preseason.

Between Green, Brandon Rush, Kendall Marshall, Gary Payton II and James Young, the Bucks are making it clear that their final roster spot available is up for grabs for anyone who wants it.

Of course, the team’s two-way contract spots are now both available as well in light of Thursday’s news, which both Payton and Young qualify for should the Bucks go in that direction with them (and if Payton potentially makes it through waivers as well).

That theoretically whittles down the battle between the likes of Green, Rush and Marshall to fight for that final spot and a good showing in training camp and preseason from one, two or all three will only add more intrigue over the next month or so.

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Whether that will ultimately come to be for Green remains to be seen, but the journeyman will certainly have to show he’s up to snuff to secure a longer stay in Milwaukee as well as the league in general.