It appears the Bucks continue to shore up their shooting arsenal, as Shams Charania is reporting that Pat Connaughton is joining the Milwaukee Bucks on a two-year deal.
Free agent forward Pat Connaughton has agreed to a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 27, 2018
Close observers will recall that Milwaukee moved back Brandon Jennings guarantee date on his contract to August 1st, giving them more time to decide how they wanted to flesh out their roster. It’s likely that Connaughton’s arrival signals the end of Jennings’ rope, particularly given the fact Delly and Brogdon should be healthy to backup Eric Bledsoe.
As for his skills, Connaughton played in all 82 games for the Portland Trailblazers last season, averaging 10.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per-36 minutes in his appearances. Last year marked his first real volume season from behind the arc, where he hoisted 210 attempts compared to just 54 in his prior two seasons combined. He shot 35.2% on those, which is respectable enough given the fact he was hoisting enough to average 5.1 attempts per-36.
With a 3-point attempt rate of 53.8%, Connaughton’s shooting profile certainly falls in line with Bud’s perimeter-oriented philosophy. Interestingly, according to Cleaning the Glass, he shot just 26% (10-39) on corner threes too. One would think that shot, typically the easiest to knock home, might rattle home more often next year to improve his overall percentage.
Regardless, Connaughton provides decent wing depth at a cheap salary. It’ll be interesting to see how the minutes shake out between him, Sterling Brown, Donte DiVincenzo and Tony Snell come the regular season. With his first-year salary guaranteed, expect him to stick around for at least this year.