After playing for the Milwaukee Bucks during their Summer League showing, Jazian Gortman inked a training camp deal with the team.
The undrafted guard will now have an opportunity to further showcase his skills and look to carve out a place for himself with the Bucks.
Age: 20 years old (Birthday is April 14)
Position: Point Guard
2023-24 Salary: $1.1 million (Non-guaranteed)
NBA Experience: N/A
Last Season’s Stats: N/A
Bucks 2023-24 player profile: Can Jazian Gortman find a way to stay?
Though he didn’t play an overly prominent role with the Bucks in Summer League, Gortman caught some eyes when he did see the floor. Not only did he play tough defense, but the guard showed an ability to knock down his shots with no shortage of confidence on offense. It made plenty of sense for the point-guard-hungry Bucks to bring in a player like Gortman to give him a shot in camp.
During his time in the Overtime Elite program last year, Gortman was electric. He put up very solid numbers during the season, having averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. There’s plenty of potential to be unearthed with a player who can put up numbers like that, especially when they are just 20 years old.
Before the Milwaukee Bucks utilized their final two-way contract on TyTy Washington, many fans wanted Jazian Gortman to get it. The interest in Gortman made plenty of sense, as the young point guard would’ve checked off several boxes for this team. With Milwaukee’s roster now full, there is no room for Jazian Gortman on a standard or two-way deal.
If the Bucks want to keep Gortman around, they could certainly extend an offer for him to play for their G-League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd. Playing for the Herd would allow Gortman to get in a good amount of valuable reps. That would allow the 20-year-old to really work on his game as he looks to find a long-term home in this league.
It wouldn’t be too surprising if Gortman left Milwaukee after camp to sign with another NBA team, as there are plenty of franchises that could take a flyer on him with one of their two-way slots.
Ultimately, the Bucks went with more proven TyTy Washington with their final two-way slot over Gortman, and it will be interesting to see how that decision plays out. Gortman sticking around in Wisconsin to play with the Herd should not be ruled out. That would be a nice move for the team, allowing them to keep a potential hidden gem within the organization.
Stay tuned for more Milwaukee Bucks analysis and player profiles this off-season.