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 Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Utah 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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