Milwaukee Bucks: Brandon Knight persistently targeting an NBA return

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 31 (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 31 (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

A former member of the Milwaukee Bucks is reportedly looking to make his way back onto an NBA team before next season begins.

That player would be Brandon Knight, who just finished up a brief stint in the Summer League with the Brooklyn Nets. At 29-years-old, it is rather unorthodox to see Knight playing at this level, but perhaps it was to show that he still has some gas left in the tank to provide for NBA teams, which he alluded to recently. Transcribed by Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News:

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"“I’ll do whatever man. I’m at a point in my career where I just want to serve,” Knight said after his final Summer League game. “If a team brings me in and they want me to bring water, tie a shoe, whatever it is, man. I’m a humble guy, and I understand the importance of roles.”"

After missing the entirety of last season and playing just 25 games during the year prior, Knight is certainly itching to get back into the league, but will he find a team?

Could the Milwaukee Bucks pursue a reunion with Brandon Knight?

After the Bucks traded away veteran guard D.J. Augustin in the deal for P.J. Tucker, last season, they were scouring the market for a backup point guard. While they were linked to a handful of candidates throughout their search, one specific name that came up was Knight. In fact, according to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, the Bucks even had a workout for the guard at the time to see if he was potentially back up to speed in terms of a comeback.

The idea of signing Knight made sense at the time as the team needed a player that could take on some of the ball-handling duties when Jrue Holiday needed a breather. With no financial flexibility and a scarce asset assemblage, Knight would have been a cheap option. The veteran also has his share of familiarity with the franchise as he appeared in 124 games with the Bucks in a stint spanning between 2013-15.

Ultimately, Knight would not get his shot at redemption with the Bucks as they would opt to sign Jeff Teague off the buyout market instead. With Knight once again assuring that he is on the hunt for a comeback, many will look at the Bucks as a potential destination to give him a chance, given their previously reported interest in him. However, if he does indeed get another chance to play for an NBA team, it will not come with the Bucks, in all likelihood.

After the roller-coaster ride that came with their backup point guard rotation last season, the front office made sure that would not happen again by bringing back a familiar face in free agency. That was the signing of George Hill, who inked a two-year deal with the team. Hill had a previous stint with the Bucks recently, and they will welcome him back with open arms to run their backup point guard position next season.

The addition of Hill makes the need for another backup point guard unnecessary unless the team is looking to add a third-string guard as an insurance policy. Knight made it clear that he is willing to play whatever role if it means getting back in the league, and under those third circumstances, he could fit in well behind Holiday and Hill.

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It seems unlikely that Milwaukee will sign him, but it would be great to see the former Buck back in the league next season.