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.
Watch Jerryd Bayless’ back cut, game winner to keep Bucks alive vs. Bulls
After the game, Bucks players said they anticipated Derrick Rose would overplay the inbound pass, and they thought they could take advantage of that. Jason Kidd (or assistant Joe Prunty) drew up the play.
Jerryd Bayless cut to the corner (the place both Rose and Joakim Noah guarding the inbound wanted to cut off) and when Rose overplayed it Bayless made a hard cut back to the basket. Jared Dudley hit him with a beautiful pass before Rose knew what happened; Bayless made the lay-up to give the Bucks a 92-90 win.
For a young and growing Bucks team this was a big win. You can see the development curve for this team, they could be incredibly dangerous in a few years, and this is a step along the way.
It’s not going to change the series, the Bulls very likely make this a gentlemen’s sweep, winning Game 5. You can’t blame the Bulls (or their fans) for looking ahead to a showdown Cavaliers. But Saturday night belonged to the Bucks.
Bucks outwork Bulls, stay alive on Jerryd Bayless game-winner
MILWAUKEE — The Bucks aren’t going away quietly. They know they weren’t supposed to be here — Jason Kidd even acknowledged after the game that many of the reporters in the room didn’t have his team in the playoffs before the start of the season. But they’re making their presence felt, playing the Bulls tough and not letting them get anything easy. On Saturday, that tenacity finally paid off with a win: Milwaukee outlasted Chicago 92-90 to stay alive going into Game 5 at the United Center on Monday.
The Bulls’ 28 turnovers allowed for 39 Bucks points, and a few crucial plays down the stretch. An O.J. Mayo three was waved off for coming after the shot clock, but then he hit another one. And after the Bulls tied it up with a Pau Gasol three-point play, Jerryd Bayless won the game at the buzzer with this layup off a gorgeous out-of-timeout play call from Kidd:
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau didn’t want to put the blame on just that play — after all, how could he when the Bulls coughed up as many turnovers as they did?
“We beat ourselves,” Thibodeau said after the game.”
“Mistakes will happen, we just made too many of them throughout the game,” said Gasol. “We put ourselves in a position to try to win, but I don’t think we played with enough sense of urgency.”
The Bucks, meanwhile, showed no shortage of that. They had no other choice.
“If you lose, you go home,” said Mayo after the game. “I don’t think any of us are ready to go home. We lose one more game, our season is over, and we’re having a great season.”
Their season goes on, for at least two more days.
Michael Carter-Williams throws pass over backboard (video)
Khris Middleton missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, but the Bucks didn’t stop fighting.
Ersan Ilyasova grabbed the offensive rebound and drew a shooting foul. He split at the line, but Jerryd Bayless tied up Michael Beasley going for the rebound and won the ensuing jump ball. Bayless missed a shot, but Zaza Pachulia saved the ball and got it to Middleton.
This time, Middleton – who was 4-of-16 from the field and 1-of-7 on 3s before the attempt – didn’t miss.