Steve Novak Signs with Milwaukee Bucks

Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist

Oct 13, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz forward Steve Novak (16) warms up prior to the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 102-89. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
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Veteran forward Steve Novak wasn't a free agent for long after the Denver Nuggets announced Friday they had waived him. On Sunday, Marc Stein of, citing sources, reported Novak went unclaimed and was free to sign with any team.

The Milwaukee Bucks announced on Monday they signed Novak and waived Chris Copeland, which, on Saturday, Brian Windhorst of reported was likely to happen.

Stein first reported on Saturday that the Bucks were expected to sign Novak once he cleared waivers.

Novak was traded along with guard D.J. Augustin and two second-round picks from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Nuggets on Thursday in exchange for guard Randy Foye.

The 32-year-old former Marquette star is in the midst of his 10th NBA season and has already played for eight different teams—a fact he joked about on Twitter after being dealt to Denver:

While he appeared in just seven games this season for OKC, the 2006 second-round pick has proved capable of being a weapon off the bench in the past.

He boasts a career three-point shooting percentage of 43.2 percent, and in 2011-12 with the New York Knicks, he averaged a career-best 8.8 points per game and shot over 47 percent from downtown.

While the Bucks are struggling this season with a record of 22-33, which is good enough for just 13th in the Eastern Conference, signing Novak would make sense. Milwaukee is 29th in the NBA with 5.5 trifectas made per game, and Novak would provide a boost in that area. Plus, Bucks head coach Jason Kidd played alongside Novak in 2012-13 with the Knicks.

The Bucks also have an extremely young team, and bringing in a well-traveled veteran like Novak could go a long way toward teaching the youngsters what it means to be a professional.


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