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Report: Bucks get Westbrook (not that one)

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Russell Westbrook isn’t going to Milwaukee.

Charlie Westbrook, though?

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Westbrook went undrafted out of South Dakota in 2012 and has played overseas and in the D-League since.

He’ll give Milwaukee 17 players, but just 14 15 of them have guaranteed salaries. So, Westbrook will join Jorge Gutierrez and Marcus Landry (both of whose contracts are fully unguaranteed) in competing to supplant a guaranteed player for a  regular-season roster spot.

The Bucks already several players capable of playing Westbrook’s position, shooting guard: Khris Middleton, O.J. Mayo, Rashad Vaughn, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jerryd Bayless and even one of Michael Carter-Williams or Greivis Vasquez in bigger lineups. Without a clear need for him, Westbrook will really have to impress to stick past the preseason.

Report: Bucks signing Chris Copeland to one-year contract

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Chris Copeland came a long way just to make the NBA.

He got stabbed late last season, but that scary incident won’t derail his pro career.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Given Copeland’s minimum salary is $981,348, it seems the Bucks had to dip into their $2,814,000 room exception.

That’s good value, and he makes an already deep team even deeper. Copeland is a stretch four who could see minutes behind Jabari Parker and John Henson depending what looks Jason Kidd wants to give.

Speaking of Kidd, he played with Copeland on the Knicks. This isn’t the first time Milwaukee has added an apparent Kidd favorite, but this signing makes more sense than others (looking at you, Kenyon Martin).

Copeland gives the Bucks 15 players with guaranteed contracts, meaning Jorge Gutierrez and his unguaranteed deal probably gets squeezed out – though Milwaukee could eat the salary of someone like Damien Inglis or Johnny O’Bryant.

Sixers coach Brett Brown not happy to lose Brandon Davies in trade with Nets

Brett Brown

The trade between the Nets and the Sixers involving Andrei Kirilenko became official on Thursday, but since Kirilenko is expected to be waived by Philadelphia, the deal only exchanged Brandon Davies for Jorge Gutierrez, cash considerations, and low level future draft picks.

And Sixers coach Brett Brown is less than thrilled with how it all shook out.

While Philadelphia is tanking from a front office perspective this season, Brown liked what he was getting from Davies in practice on a day-to-day basis. He was sorry to see him go, and lamented the human side of these deals when speaking to reporters after the dust had settled.

From Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com:

“When you start losing people that you are very fond of and have tremendous respect for … there is a human side of it that bothers me because you are trying to grow chemistry, you are trying to grow a culture,” Brown said after Thursday’s practice.

“That takes a hit when teammates lose teammates. There is a respect, effort-wise, of how they go about their business. There is a reality to our job that is just business in the NBA, but it doesn’t mean it has to feel right.” …

“It is a tremendous challenge to keep the locker room together if they lose a teammate or friend. It is a tremendous challenge to have a semblance of order or purpose on offense or with rules on defense. It is just such a volatile situation at times.”

Davies isn’t exactly a household name, but he appeared in 20 of his team’s 21 games this season, and averaged 19 minutes per contest.

Brown’s challenge this season, more than anything, is to keep locker room spirits high amidst all of the losing. If Davies is as valued there as Brown makes it seem, his job just got that much harder, at least in the immediate future.