Bucks waive three to get roster down to 15
OCT 26, 2013 10:19a ET
The Milwaukee Bucks trimmed their roster down to the maximum of 15 players Saturday, requesting waivers on guard Trey McKinney-Jones and forwards Olek Czyz and Stephen Graham.
Hit hard by numerous injuries in the preseason, Graham and Czyz had to play more than expected in early exhibition games. Both gave the Bucks solid minutes, while Graham mostly played out of position at power forward.
"They really have (helped us out)," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "These guys have been real pros in their whole approach to the thing. It's not always easy going into a camp where you have 15 contracts. They understood it coming in.
"They have maintained a level of professionalism, and they worked really, really hard. Those guys have played well. To be honest, as well as they've played, they probably deserve some minutes. But that's the unfortunate part of our business. The guys who are going to be here have to get into a rhythm."
Czyz played in four preseason games, averaging 4.8 points and 1.0 rebound per game. The Polish forward and former University of Nevada star scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting against Charlotte on Oct. 12.
Graham, who has appeared in 239 NBA games for seven teams, averaged 5.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in five preseason games with the Bucks.
He led Milwaukee in scoring with 15 points in the preseason opener in Cleveland and scored eight points against Minnesota on Oct. 10. Graham played a total of 42 minutes in the Bucks' first two preseason games due to injuries, but saw the floor for just 20 minutes over the last three contests combined.
A graduate of South Milwaukee High School, McKinney-Jones played in just two preseason games and scored all three of his points in the opener.
Already having played parts of eight seasons in the NBA, Drew feels the 31-year-old Graham can play in the league, but an opportunity just wasn’t there in Milwaukee.
"He just has to get into the right situation," Drew said. "He's done really well in our camp. Olek has done very well. Trey shoots the ball well enough to where I think he can eventually make it in this league. All three guys are very capable of doing well in the league."
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