JS: Leuer impresses Skiles in debut with Bucks
And then there were 15. The Bucks officially filled their last remaining roster spot on Thursday with the signing of 40th overall pick Jon Leuer. After opting out of his contract with German team Fraport Skyliners last week, the former Wisconsin star had been waiting on official clearance from FIBA to sign his contract and start practicing with the Bucks. Apparently he didn't miss much.
"He's a smart player," coach Scott Skiles said. "He's got good defensive instincts. Obviously playing where he did in college, he's been well-coached.
"Watching his team in Frankfurt, you could tell they were well-prepared. And he's a smart player, anyway. You wouldn't have been able to watch practice and pick him out as the guy who just showed up today.
"He got involved with everything; he's been watching closely and he was good today."
Does this mean our dreams of seeing the Bucks sign a real live backup center are once again history? Possibly. There aren't any obvious cuts on the roster right now, but it's not to say that a smaller deal involving someone like Ersan Ilyasova or Jon Brockman (I'm picking on the PFs for a reason) couldn't open up a roster spot (a la the Dooling trade) or bring in a backup big on its own. In the meantime, Joel Przybilla seems content to chill at home with his family over the holidays, which means the Bucks likely have a few weeks to test drive the current roster before they would have to make a decision on trying to bring Przybilla back.
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