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Bucks join contender buyout race, sign ex-All Star Jeff Teague

JR Isaga
Bucks join contender buyout race, sign ex-All Star Jeff Teague

TEAM TREASURE. Jeff Teague joins the back-to-back regular season No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks.

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The Milwaukee Bucks continue to make a push for a successful playoff appearance with the signing of Jeff Teague

One team’s castoff is another team’s treasure.

The Milwaukee Bucks are slowly building their bench for their inevitable playoff appearance this season as they are reportedly claiming former All-Star guard Jeff Teague off the waiver wire on Monday, March 29 (Tuesday, March 30, Manila time).

The 32-year-old veteran, acquired in the off-season by the Boston Celtics, failed to push the needle for the Eastern Conference powerhouse, and only averaged 6.9 points and 2.1 assists in 34 appearances.

As a result, the team quickly moved on from him at the trade deadline, and shipped him out for scoring guard Evan Fournier to the Orlando Magic, who promptly cut Teague.

Despite his underwhelming stint in Boston, Teague is still a former All-Star who can provide the championship-hunting Bucks steady playmaking and scoring off the bench. He is apparently the favored free agent guard over Austin Rivers, whom the Bucks were also reportedly targeting.

Back in the 2014-2015 season, his lone All-Star year with the Atlanta Hawks, Teague averaged 15.9 points, 7.0 assists, and 1.7 steals, helping the team notch a franchise-best 60 wins alongside fellow All-Stars Al Horford, Paul Millsap, and Kyle Korver.