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Bucks Land Cheap Replacement for Patrick Beverley on Free Agency Day 2

Bucks Land Cheap Replacement for Patrick Beverley on Free Agency Day 2

The Milwaukee Bucks made their first big move in free agency on Monday, signing veteran guard Delon Wright to a one-year deal worth $3.3 million.

Wright is entering his 13th year in the NBA, though injuries have limited him to 97 games over the past three seasons. He projects as a replacement for Patrick Beverley, giving Milwaukee a less volatile threat off the bench.

Considering the relatively low cost of the contract, this is a solid rebound for the Bucks as they look to improve on a disappointing playoff exit under Doc Rivers.

In 14 games with the Miami Heat in 2023-24, Wright averaged 5.4 points, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Those aren’t exciting numbers, though his defensive prowess off the bench should help stabilize Milwaukee’s lineups when Damian Lillard or Giannis Antetokounmpo aren’t on the floor.

Wright is averaging at least 1.1 shots per game for eight consecutive seasons and is a career 35.4% shooter from beyond the arc. He won’t wow you with his scoring, but his steady play is a boost for the Bucks regardless.

The main question is whether Wright can stay healthy. He’s only played more than 50 games twice in his 13-year career, and at age 32, his body probably won’t improve dramatically overnight. After Milwaukee suffered major injuries in the playoffs, fans are right to be concerned.

However, it is difficult to worry much about an experienced minimum signing. If it doesn’t work out, the Bucks haven’t wasted much money. But if Wright stays healthy and can provide valuable minutes, he will be one of the most underrated signings of the offseason.

Milwaukee is far from done, but this is a good start.

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