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Sunday, Feb. 28
Novak has suffered a sprained left MCL, and he will miss the rest of this season, the team announced Sunday.
Novak signed with Milwaukee on Feb. 21, returning to the state where he played his college ball. He played four years with the Marquette Golden Eagles and was a freshman on the 2002-03 Marquette team that made the Final Four.
The Bucks became Novak's ninth team since he was taken with the 32nd pick in the 2006 NBA draft. He's played in 459 career games—starting in six of them—and is a 43.1 percent career three-point shooter.
Novak played three games with the Bucks and averaged 2.3 points per game. He played a season-high 11 minutes in his final game on Saturday, scoring four points and making one three-pointer. He only appeared in five games with the Thunder before being sent to Denver along with point guard D.J. Augustin in exchange for Randy Foye.
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Losing Novak will not be a huge loss for the Bucks, who are 6.5 games out of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. He provides veteran leadership for a team led by 21-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo and 20-year-old Jabari Parker, but the total number of games Novak plays has decreased since he played 81 for the 2012-13 New York Knicks. Novak has played a total of 99 games in the last three seasons.