Steve Novak to Bucks: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - OCTOBER 18:  Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets and Steve Novak #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the fourth quarter of a NBA preseason game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on October 18, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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Steve Novak landed with the 10th NBA team of his career on Monday, signing a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, per the team's official site:

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent forward Steve Novak, General Manager John Hammond announced today. In a related transaction, the Bucks requested waivers on forward Chris Copeland.

“Steve has always been a terrific shooter from distance,” said Hammond. “He’s a great teammate who can provide some veteran leadership to our young roster, and we’re excited to welcome him back to Milwaukee.”

Novak, 32, was bought out by the Denver Nuggets after he had been acquired by the team in a trade with Oklahoma City that sent guard Randy Foye to the Thunder. Novak was averaging just 2.4 points in 3.4 minutes per game over seven appearances with Oklahoma City. 

In 10 seasons, Novak has had stints with the Houston RocketsLos Angeles ClippersDallas MavericksSan Antonio SpursNew York KnicksToronto RaptorsUtah Jazz, the Thunder, the Nuggets and now the Bucks.

He's made his mark as a solid perimeter shooter, making 43.2 percent of his shots from beyond the arc in his career. His best season came with the Knicks in 2011-12, when he averaged 8.8 points and 1.9 rebounds while shooting a league-leading 47.2 percent from three in 18.9 minutes per game. 

For Milwaukee, Novak will come off the bench and be expected to stretch the floor with his perimeter shooting, giving the team a nice option from beyond the arc. His experience will be an added bonus, and he'll add quality depth to the squad. 


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