According to multiple reports, the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with veteran point guard D.J. Augustin.
The Milwaukee Bucks reportedly have fortified their backup point guard spot in free agency.
First reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania and since confirmed by multiple reports, the Bucks have agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with veteran point guard D.J. Augustin.
To bring in Augustin, the Bucks will be using part of their non-taxpaying midlevel exception at $9.3 million and depending on how his deal will be structured, the Bucks may have some money left to add an additional piece.
This comes on the heels of the Bucks reportedly agreeing to a two-year deal with veteran forward Bobby Portis, who comes by way of the New York Knicks, along with having retained reserve wing Pat Connaughton.
How does D.J. Augustin fit in within the Milwaukee Bucks’ foundation?
Augustin is reportedly Milwaukee-bound after spending the last four seasons with the Orlando Magic.
The veteran ball handler is coming off a down year with the Magic as he averaged 10.5 points on .399/.348/.890 shooting splits, 4.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds across 24.9 minutes per game in 57 appearances. With the Magic throwing the keys to Markelle Fultz and recently selecting Cole Anthony with the 15th overall selection in the draft, the writing was on the wall when it came to the Texas product’s time in Orlando.
Along with the Bucks, Augustin had been recently linked to the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks at the outset of free agency.
While the Bucks will be hoping for a more resurgent offensive year from Augustin, certainly from an efficiency standpoint, there were still some positive numbers to gleam from as to why he made sense as a stable backup point guard for the Bucks.
Per NBA.com/stats, Augustin shot 41.6 percent on 89 catch-and-shoot triples last year. The source for his regression, though, came off the dribble where he went 33-for-112 on pull up threes, a mark of 29.5 percent.
Bucks fans are surely wondering whether that can eventually be leveled out going into the start of his tenure in Milwaukee or if it’s the start of something more serious at to what Augustin can bring at this stage in his career. With that said, Augustin is dealing with a much more spaced out floor than what he was dealing with in Orlando, even as he’ll be tasked with backup point guard reins.
Between his shooting prowess, shot creation and reliable decision making, the Bucks have filled the void left behind George Hill as he’s part of the growing Jrue Holiday blockbuster trade.
The Bucks aren’t done yet in free agency, though their exceptions are limited and so is their money. Augustin fills what was a pressing need for the Bucks and will see how he impacts the Bucks’ foundation going into next season. Welcome to Milwaukee, D.J.!