Milwaukee Bucks Sign Big Man For 3rd Time

It's only been five games, with minimal court time, but the Milwaukee Bucks have seen all they needed to see of 7-footer Meyers Leonard to sign him for a third time this season, this one a standard contract for the balance of the 2022-23 campaign.

According to NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bucks have decided to keep Leonard after the second of his two 10-day contracts expired. Teams must either release a player or sign him to a standard contract for the rest of the season after two 10-days. 

Leonard has played in just under seven minutes per game in his five contests with Milwaukee, averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds, while adding a bit of floor spacing, shooting threes at a 44.4% clip (4-for-9). 

The 31-year-old will now be with the top-seeded Bucks through the playoffs. 

He made it back to the NBA this season after two years away from the game following an incident in which he uttered an antisemitic slur. He has since made reparations, including meeting with several Jewish organizations on a frequent basis, and seeking counselling from rabbis. He owned his mistake, and is now a better man for it.

Or as Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said of him recently, "the human's been great."

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