Less than 24 hours after releasing former All-Star Center DeMarcus Cousins, the Milwaukee Bucks are signing Langston Galloway to a 10-day contract. Galloway’s 10-day contract allows for the Bucks to have a short-term fill-in option at the guard position while the team continues to battle injuries and COVID protocols.
Langston Galloway has been in the NBA since he went undrafted in 2014. Galloway has spent seven seasons bouncing around teams like the Knicks, Pelicans, Kings, Pistons, Suns, and Nets. He can play both guard positions and has the ability to be a consistent three-point shooter when needed.
The majority of Bucks fans were extremely confused and angry with the decision to waive Cousins. Signing Galloway to fill the newly opened roster spot doesn’t make much sense when considering positional needs; however, general manager Jon Horst usually has a plan when making mid-season moves.
Only time will tell if the decision to waive Cousins and use his roster spot to sign Galloway was the right move. The Bucks will be closely following Galloway’s effectiveness and ability to compliment the team’s current play style.
Multiple analysts speculated that the Bucks released Cousins because his playstyle didn’t fit the plans that coach Mike Budenholzer has established. On the contrary, many fans believe the Bucks released Cousins just to save money so they didn’t have to guarantee his contract.
Based on the fact they signed another player less than 24 hours after claiming they “wanted roster flexibility,” the idea that Cousins was released to save money is much more likely. Fans will have to wait to see if Galloway is a good fit. However, it’s unlikely he will be a better addition than Cousins was.