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Josh Huestis, Brice Johnson, Rashad Vaughn also have team options declined

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Players selected in the first round of the NBA draft who sign within three years are given a contract set by the Collective Bargaining Agreement – two guaranteed seasons followed by two team options. Because the team owners and veteran players who negotiate the CBA are incentivized to keep more money for themselves, rookie-scale contracts are relatively low-paying considering the talent and upside of the players on these deals. Therefore, options on rookie-scale contracts are usually exercised with little fanfare.

Yesterday, was the deadline for 2018-19 options and there were a couple notable exceptions – Jahlil Okafor (76ers, No. 3 pick in 2015, would have earned $6,313,832 in 2018-19) and Mario Hezonja (Magic, No. 5 in 2015, $5,167,231). Wade Baldwin (Grizzlies, No. 18 in 2016, $1,955,160) even had his option declined before the season, in conjunction with being waived. Kevon Looney (Warriors, No. 30 in 2015, $2,227,081) and Chris McCullough (Wizards, No. 29 in 2015, $2,243,326) also had their options declined.

A few other declined options came out later in the night:

Huestis was drafted in 2014 but didn’t sign with the Thunder until 2015 – part of an infamous pre-draft agreement where Huestis agreed to spend his first professional season on a D-League salary with Oklahoma City’s affiliate in exchange for being drafted then signed to a rookie-scale contract the following year. The idea on the Thunder’s part appeared to be that they’d be better off with a lesser prospect in their system for five years than someone on a typical four-year rookie-scale contract. Now, they’re set to cut Huestis loose after just four, anyway.

Johnson goes on the ledger of Doc Rivers draft picks who didn’t work out. After starting his rookie year injured, Johnson hasn’t gained any traction.

The Bucks were reportedly offering a second-round pick just to get another team to take Rashad Vaughn this year. So, it’s no wonder they didn’t guarantee his salary for next season. Don’t draft players for bad reasons.

Report: Bucks agree to one-year, $2.3 million contract with Jason Terry

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This was expected after the Bucks waived Spencer Hawes, but now it is all but official.

Jason Terry – who turned 40 on Friday —  is returning to the Bucks. Shams Charania of the Vertical at Yahoo Sports broke the story.

Terry played  74 games for the Bucks last season, averaging more than 18 minutes a night, and he can still space the floor as he shot 42 percent from three. At this point in his career, The Jet is limited in other aspects of his game, but he can give the Bucks some veteran depth and points. Milwaukee will start Tony Snell at the two with both Rashad Vaughn and Sterling Brown in the mix next, Terry will fit in that group and contribute.

 

Report: Expect Bucks to sign Jason Terry soon

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The Bucks just waived and stretched Spencer Hawes, part of a move by the team to free up a little cap space.

Apparently, to sign Jason Terry, reports Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.

The Bucks will start Tony Snell at the two and after that it’s Rashad Vaughn and Sterling Brown, Terry could fit in that group and contribute. Terry played in 74 games for the Bucks last season, giving them more than 18 minutes a night, and he shot 42 percent from three. The Jet is limited in other areas of his game, but as a veteran off the bench, he can help.

And at a minimum contract, it makes sense.

Watch John Henson’s buzzer beating tip-in to lift Bucks past Nets

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Tied 108-108 with 11.6 seconds left, Jason Kidd put the ball and the Bucks’ fate in the hands of Jabari Parker in an isolation set. He made the smart move — and what the announcers wanted — and attacked the basket.

Brooklyn’s Justin Hamilton slid over to help and got a piece of the shot, but he had to leave John Henson to do so and nobody helped the helper — Henson tipped in the game-winner at the buzzer.

Rashad Vaughn had 22 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points and 11 boards to lead the Bucks. Bojan Bogdanovic had 26 for the Nets.

Bucks trade Michael Carter-Williams to Bulls for Tony Snell

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The Bucks and Bulls were expected to complete a Michael Carter-Williams-for-Tony Snell trade today.

Indeed, the teams swapped the third-year players likely headed toward restricted free agency next summer.

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The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has acquired guard Michael Carter-Williams from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Tony Snell.

The Bucks were desperate for another wing with Khris Middleton injured, and Snell fits the bill. Snell is a 3-and-D player, but he’s only passably reliable at either skill and brings nothing else to the table. Only Tayshaun Prince played more with a lower PER than Snell’s 6.4 last season. In fact, the only other player who neared Snell’s minutes with a lower PER was Milwaukee’s own Rashad Vaughn, whose 4.2 PER shows why the Bucks were so desperate.

The Bulls took advantage.

Carter-Williams has his own flaws as an erratic playmaker and choppy outside shooter. But the 6-foot-6 point guard offers rare size for the position, and his talent is evidenced by his Rookie of the Year award. Chicago is also upgrading at a position of need. Carter-Williams will back up Rajon Rondo at point guard rather than leaving the Bulls stuck with the best of Jerian Grant, Isaiah Canaan and Spencer Dinwiddie.

The Bulls could afford to deal a wing. Denzel Valentine and Doug McDermott should adequately back up Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler on the wing – at least as adequately as Snell would’ve.

Likewise, Milwaukee should be fine at point guard with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Matthew Dellavedova and Jason Terry.

It’s possible both teams improved with this  deal, but that mostly speaks to the Bucks’ awful wing depth. Chicago definitely walks away with the more valuable player – and one who also fills a need.