Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst filled out his team’s bench Sunday, agreeing to two-year contracts with shooting guard Bryn Forbes and forward Torrey Craig.
Forbes, 27, has spent all four of his NBA seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, for whom he started 143 of 145 games over the past two seasons and averaged 11.5 points on 44% shooting, including 40.8% from 3-point range.
With Milwaukee, Forbes is expected to start the season in a reserve role behind Donte DiVincenzo, who remains with the Bucks after the botched sign-and-trade for Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic earlier last week. But if he shoots the way he has, especially from distance, he should have no problem finding playing time in coach Mike Budenholzer’s system.
Craig became available on Saturday when the Denver Nuggets withdrew their qualifying offer, which converted Craig from a restricted free agent to an unrestricted one. The Bucks, despite having limited money to work with under the NBA’s hard salary cap, moved quickly to get a commitment from Craig.
Craig, 29, is a 6-foot-7 wing who spent his first three professional seasons with the Nuggets. A career 45.1% shooter, he averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game last season and made 32.6% of his 3-point attempts.
The moves Sunday seemed to cement the intention to move on from Kyle Korver, Sterling Brown and G League MVP Frank Mason III. On Sunday, Brown reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets while the Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer to Mason, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The signings cap off a busy week for Horst. He opened the offseason Monday by acquiring point guard Jrue Holiday in a blockbuster deal with the New Orleans Pelicans and followed that with another blockbuster that would have sent DiVincenzo, D.J. Wilson and Ersan Ilyasova to Sacramento for Bogdanovic.
That deal fell apart less than 48 hours later due to reported disinterest from Bogdanovic and is now being investigated for potential tampering by the league.
After dealing Milwaukee’s first-round pick (No. 24 overall) to New Orleans for Holiday, Horst used a pair of second-round selections to add forward Jordan Nwora and guard Sam Merrill in the draft Wednesday night, then waived Ilyasova to shave $7 million off the team’s payroll.
Some of that savings went toward bringing reserve guard Pat Connaughton back on a three-year, $16 million contract. Horst followed that move by signing point guard D.J. Augustin to a three-year, $21 million deal and forward Bobby Portis to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.
Sunday also marked the first day Horst could officially offer forward Giannis Antetokounmpo a five-year “supermax” contract extension, believed to be worth approximately $250 million.
The two-time and reigning Most Valuable Player has until Dec. 21 to accept the offer or decline it and play out the final season of the four-year, $100 million extension he signed in 2016 and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
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