Milwaukee Bucks signs Pat Connaughton
Connaughton's deal is expected to be for two years with just the first guaranteed, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Milwaukee Bucks have added another 3-point shooter by signing free agent guard Pat Connaughton, the team announced Wednesday.
In an additional move not officially announced by the team, Milwaukee placed point guard Brandon Jennings on waivers, multiple outlets reported.
Per the Journal Sentinel, Jennings' contract faced an Aug. 1 deadline to become guaranteed after he returned to the NBA for his ninth season following an abbreviated stint in China that lasted just five months.
The 25-year-old Connaughton appeared in all 82 games for the Portland Trail Blazers last season, averaging career-highs with 5.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while playing in 18.1 minutes per contest -- the first time in his three-year career he surpassed 10 minutes per game in a season.
His 3-point shooting percentage dropped from 51.5 percent in 2016-17 to 35.2 last season, albeit with much more volume. For his career, Connaughton has knocked down 36.4 percent of his 3-point attempts while averaging 3.7 points and 1.6 rebounds.
"Pat is a talented wing player with a tremendous work ethic and great character," Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a statement. "We believe he will continue to grow and develop his skills working with Coach Bud and his staff. We are excited to welcome him to the Bucks organization and we know he will be a positive addition to our roster both on and off the court."
Connaughton was originally picked in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by Brooklyn and traded in a draft night deal to the Blazers along with Mason Plumlee for Steve Blake and the draft rights to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Jennings, 28, shunned college out of high school to play a season abroad in Italy before declaring for the 2009 NBA Draft, where the Bucks picked him in the first round (No. 10 overall). He averaged over 15 points in each of his first five seasons in the NBA despite surpassing 40 percent shooting only once in that span (2011-12).
After four seasons with the Bucks, Jennings was traded to Detroit in July 2013 and spent his next two-plus seasons with the Pistons, who dealt him to the Orlando Magic in Feb. 2016. After being a starting point guard for his first six seasons, Jennings primarily came off the bench the ensuing two seasons from 2015-17 for the Pistons, Magic, New York Knicks and Washington Wizards.
For his nine-year career, Jennings has averaged 14.1 points and 5.7 assists per game.
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