Milwaukee Bucks Add Free Agent Veteran Guard To The Mix

After adding a center and a forward to the rotation, the Milwaukee Bucks have continued to fortify their roster down the stretch of the season, today turning their attention to the backcourt, adding free agent 15-year veteran point guard Goran Dragic.

In his continued quest to chase a ring, Dragic will get as good a chance as any with Milwaukee. But were they his first choice? According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Dragic "would have welcomed a Miami Heat offer." He spent seven seasons in South Beach, through 2021. 

In 15.4 minutes per game for the Chicago Bulls this season, Dragić averaged 6.4 points and 2.7 assists, while shooting 35.2% from the 3-point line. His per-game marks in minutes, points and assists are all his worst marks since his rookie season 15 years ago.

Currently, Jevon Carter is acting as the Bucks' backup point guard, and while his defense is much better than Dragic's, Carter doesn't play on the ball very much, which Dragic does as more of a pure point guard. 

The Slovenian can't finish anywhere near as effectively as he once could in his younger, more athletic days, but that isn't needed on this Bucks team. As long as he can still create with the ball a bit. 

Milwaukee has also in recent days added a key piece in forward Jae Crowder, and a floor-stretching backup center in Meyers Leonard (currently on his second 10-day contract). 

The Bucks' 16-game win streak has vaulted them past the Boston Celtcis into top spot in the Eastern Conference, currently sitting with a league-best 45-17.

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