In the past week, the Milwaukee Bucks have been busy printing out contracts.
The Bucks have signed 3 players in the past 7 days, signing veteran point guard Jason Terry, re-signing forward Steve Novak, and signing forward Xavier Henry to a training camp deal.
The Jason Terry signing comes off as a "we need to give the young core tips from an old veteran" deal, and it comes off that way because that is exactly the deal it is.
Terry signed a 1-year deal, and the salary has not been made public, making it fairly obvious that it is an insignificant amount. The Jet is a 38-year-old point guard measuring 6'2" and weighing 185 pounds. In his 19 year career, Terry has played for the Hawks, Mavericks, Celtics, Nets, and Rockets. He was on the Mavericks when they won the NBA Finals in 2011, and in that season averaged 15.8 points per game and 4.1 assists per game. J.T. being in Milwaukee is purely a teaching moment, as he will bring 19 years of NBA experience to the youngest team in the Association.
As a Marquette fan, Steve Novak being a Buck brings back memories of going down to the Bradley Center to watch the Golden Eagles. Nostalgia aside, Steve Novak does not add or take away anything, he just exists. Since his prime in the 2011-12 season, Novak has seen a decline in his point production. That season with the Knicks saw him average 8.8 PPG, making him a reliable bench option.
The only problem with Novak being a Buck is that he takes up a roster spot. On the other side of that, no big free agents want to come to The Good Land right now, so Novak being on the team is really not a big deal unless you're a Marquette fan who wants to relive the days of Steve Novak draining 3 pointers on the rest of the Big East. Novak's deal is a 1 year, veteran minimum deal.
Finally, the Bucks signed Xavier Henry to a training camp deal. This means he will be on the training camp roster, however the deal does not guarantee him a spot on the Bucks roster after camp. Henry is 25 and has been plagued by injuries in his 6 years in the NBA. Last year in the NBA D-League, Henry averaged 15.6 PPG and 2.9 RPG, and is listed as a shooting guard/small forward. When training camp starts up, Xavier will be someone to watch.