The Milwaukee Bucks are adding another body to their woeful bench unit as the 2015-16 regular season winds down. The team announced Wednesday they have signed guard Jared Cunningham from NBA Development League to a 10-day contract using the NBA's hardship exception.
The hardship exception gives teams a temporary roster spot that allows them to exceed the 15-man roster minimum when they have four players who are sick or injured for more than two weeks. Each of the injured or sick players must miss three or more games during the two-week period. An independent physician, not the team's doctor, must determine if each player is required to miss two weeks.
Cunningham spent time earlier this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers but ended up being traded to Orlando in the three-team deal for Channing Frye. The Magic waived him shortly after, leading him to sign with the Idaho Stampede. In three games, he averaged 17.3 points but on a measly 28 percent shooting with 4.7 assists per game.
The Bucks will be without Steve Novak (sprained MCL), Michael Carter-Williams (torn labrum), O.J. Mayo (right ankle) and presumably Greivis Vasuqez (foot). Novak, Carter-Williams and Mayo have all been ruled out for the season, while Vasquez has been out since Nov. 29 and isn't expected to return for the final slate of games. Even though Mayo hasn't been out for two weeks yet, he is counted in the exception because he has missed three games and will continue to be out.