The Milwaukee Bucks must find a way to sign newly released point guard

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MARCH 14 (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks recently added the final piece to the puzzle that is their 18-man roster by signing TyTy Washington to a two-way deal.

It seemed like this would be the roster the team would roll into the season with, but that may now need to change. According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the San Antonio Spurs have waived Cameron Payne to allow him to join a contender. The Bucks should make some tweaks to their roster to add the guard ahead of the new season.

The Milwaukee Bucks must find a way to sign newly released point guard

Cameron Payne would make a ton of sense for the Bucks due to their need for a pure backup point guard. Aside from TyTy Washington and Lindell Wigginton, the team currently does not have one in town. Rather than relying on young two-way players, the team could bring in an experienced piece in Payne to run the floor behind Jrue Holiday.

Payne would immediately gel with the Bucks. Not only would he bring more ball-handling and nice passing off of the bench, but he can also provide scoring and perimeter shooting. His defense isn’t among his strongest attributes, but he competes on that end. On top of that, he’s got no shortage of hard-earned experience from his time with the Phoenix Suns over the past few years.

The problem right now is that Milwaukee’s roster is full, despite their lack of a backup point guard. They would have to trade a player or waive someone to make room. Both seem unlikely right now, especially the latter due to the financial consequences that would arise. Still, it’s worth exploring, as the Milwaukee Bucks would undoubtedly benefit from having a player like Payne on the roster.

Milwaukee has clearly been trying to move Grayson Allen for quite some time. Could they attach some draft picks to him and send him to a team to clear out a roster spot and salary? It seems to be unlikely, but perhaps the team’s need for a point guard could sway them into considering the move, especially with the wing to point guard rotation on the current roster.

Ultimately, it’s unlikely that Payne will land in Milwaukee, but the Bucks should kick the tires.

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