The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on three players, they announced on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Milwaukee Bucks request waivers on three playershttps://t.co/iG15QxiX5K
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 18, 2023
The Bucks waivers on guard Jazian Gortman, Two-Way guard Omari Moore and forward Drew Timme.
The Bucks signed Jazian Gortman back in July to a training camp contract; Gortman had played in the Bucks’ Summer League Squad and was only producing small numbers (4.8 points per game, 0.8 rebounds, etc). Gortman was a pick out of Columbia, South Carolina who had signed to play in the Overtime Elite where he suited up with the YNG Dreamers. With the Dreamers, Gortman tallied 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.5 steals per game. The one downfall was that he had 3.2 turnovers per game, which was probably huge in part as to why he went undrafted in the NBA draft.
With the Bucks finalizing a two-way contract with TyTy Washington, there wasn’t any room for Gortman on the regular roster on a standard or two-way deal. Gortman could sign with the Wisconsin Herd if they decide to keep him in the organization and receive a $75k bonus if the Bucks were to make him an affiliate player and he remains with the Herd for up to 60 days.
The request to waive Omari Moore was a bit more surprising. The San Jose State player was signed on a two-way deal that lasted two years and he was doing pretty well with the Summer League Squad. It looked as though he was going to be a regular on the Herd’s roster, but hadn’t gotten any playing time in preseason games until Tuesday night where he had five scoreless minutes of play and only contributed a single rebound.
Forward Drew Timme was also on an Exhibit 10, and saw a little more preseason action than the other two players did. He even made a go-ahead shot in the first preseason game, but the decorated Gonzaga player just didn’t play up to the standards that Milwaukee is looking for in a championship caliber team. Similar to Gortman, Timme can be signed to the Herd if Milwaukee designates him as an affiliate player and he stays with the team for 60 days.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ roster now sits at 18 players as they go through their first round of cuts prior to their regular season opener in just eight days. All three players could definitely be role players on a G-League team, even if it isn’t the Herd. However, the Herd could use some new faces to bring the team back to the top. The Wisconsin Herd recently signed NBA veteran and former Bucks player Beno Udrih to be the new head coach.
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