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Report: Bucks Sign Christian Wood

IT’S HAPPENINGGGGG!!!!!1!!!!!!1!

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As they say in pickup games when no other teams are waiting to take the court, let’s run it back. No more than a day after the Milwaukee Bucks rocked the NBA world by signing Shabazz Muhammad to a training camp deal, the Shams Charania reports that Milwaukee has returned to the free agency watering hole to bring aboard LVSL fan favorite, Christian Wood.

Wood, a 6’11” big man from UNLV, oozes natural talent on the floor. He’s an athletic rim protector with some measure of shooting ability, but went undrafted in 2016 despite a ringing endorsement from Frank Madden and Eric Nehm.

At this time, it is not clear whether or not Wood has signed a guaranteed contract (unlikely), or has simply inked a training camp deal (similar to yesterday’s Shabazz signing). (UPDATE: Matt Velazquez reports that it very much appears to be a non-guaranteed camp contract.)

Either way, Bucks fans have been excited about the prospect of Wood, since he earned a spot on the Summer League 1st Team averaging 20.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in five games. Bucks fans are enamored with his combination of size, speed, and production, and Christian Wood optimists might look at Tyler Zeller’s non-guaranteed 2018-19 contract and see a possibility for Wood to take his roster spot.

Then again, as the aforementioned Eric Nehm has mentioned ad nauseam, there isn’t much playing time available for Wood in Milwaukee. As a combo big (which might be generous), his time at the 4 is limited by the presence of Giannis Antetokounmpo and (to a lesser extent) Ersan Ilyasova, and even if he takes Zeller’s place, the Bucks still have Thon Maker, John Henson, and Brook Lopez at the 5. There simply aren’t many minutes to go around in the front court, and unless Wood excels in camp and avoids it entirely, he might be destined for another tour in the G-League.

As always, the Bucks are here to pull us out of the summer doldrums. How lucky are we?!