After a quiet night where they were unable to buy into the second round, the Milwaukee Bucks began to fill out their Summer League squad following the draft.
It may not have been for a lack of trying, but the Milwaukee Bucks finished Thursday night’s NBA Draft without the opportunity to make a selection for themselves at any of the 60 available slots.
Speaking in his press conference late on Thursday night, Bucks general manager Jon Horst revealed the Bucks were hard at work in trying to find their way back into the draft following Wednesday’s trade, but their efforts ultimately proved to be to no avail.
“For our draft tonight, although we weren’t able to get any results we were up there, we worked it really hard. Probably made a call on almost every pick in the second round, tried to get in the first round in a few ways. Lots of good players in the draft. Think we did our best, but ultimately the trade we did was the biggest move of the draft season for us here.”
Once the draft wrapped up, there was no time for the Bucks to feel sorry for themselves, though, as another important period of acquisition immediately got underway.
The competitive market for undrafted free agents offers the Bucks, and the rest of the NBA, a chance to find a diamond in the rough. At minimum, it allows the Bucks to fill out Summer League and training camp roster spots, and potentially identify players who could suit up for the Wisconsin Herd next season.
Although more signings will undoubtedly surface in the hours and days ahead, between Thursday night and the early hours of Friday morning, the Bucks have already added four players to their roster for Las Vegas Summer League, where play will get underway on July 5.
The most notable of those additions was reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania on Friday morning, as 22-year-old sharpshooter Fletcher Magee agreed to suit up for the Summer Bucks.
Magee may ultimately have a chance to stick around with the Bucks beyond Summer League, considering he boasts a formidable pedigree from his college career.
At the end of his four-year tenure at Wofford, not only was Magee the all-time NCAA leader in terms of three-point makes (509), but he also finished with the best percentage (43.5 percent) of the top-25 in all-time made threes at the NCAA level.
For context, J.J. Redick ranks third all-time in NCAA made threes, yet fell 52 games short of Magee’s tally in spite of playing five games more.
In spite of those exploits, Magee’s college career came to an end on a more unsavory note as he went 0-of-12 from deep in a second round loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament.
Still, with four consecutive years of shooting over 40 percent from deep, including 41.9 percent on a whopping 10.8 three-point attempts per game as a senior, Magee may well be a bargain capable of offering improved three-point efficiency to a Bucks team that came unstuck in that department in the Conference Finals.
Outside of Magee, Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype reported the Bucks’ addition of another decorated prospect who went undrafted on Thursday, with NABC Division II Player of the Year Daulton Hommes set for Vegas too.
Hommes, a workout partner of Gordon Hayward who averaged 21.9 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from deep last season, has bounced back from injuries in high school to become an intriguing pro prospect with his combination of size, shooting and athleticism.
Another player joining up with the Bucks for Summer League, per Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press, is Matt Farrell, a former four-year teammate of Bucks’ two-way player Bonzie Colson at Notre Dame.
After going undrafted last summer following his time with the Fighting Irish and a senior season where he earned Third Team All-ACC honors, Farrell spent last season playing in the G League for the Delaware Blue Coats.
Across 45 games with the Philadelphia 76ers’ affiliate, Farrell offered well-rounded contributions in the form of 10.8 points, 5.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Darren Wolfson of KSTP-TV also reports that guard Rayjon Tucker will be joining the Bucks.
Tucker spent last season playing for University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he averaged 20.3 points, 6.7 boards and 1.8 assists, while shooting 41.1 percent from deep on 5.1 attempts per game.
As recently as May, Tucker had reportedly been set to transfer and join up with Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis next season.
With other notable undrafted free agents still available on the market, the Bucks will likely continue to work on adding players for Summer League, as well as potentially filling their vacant two-way roster spot.