The Milwaukee Bucks have made it clear they want big, tough, physical men to play the power forward and center position. For a team that has lacked a certain toughness at the No. 5 position for years, the Bucks have certainly improved on that during the summer. Signing veteran Zaza Pachulia was a solid move, and Milwaukee took it a step further by inking a two-year, $3 million deal with Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica.
“We’ve lacked the big, physical bodies in the middle and now we’ve got Zaza and Miroslav,” Bucks director of player personnel Dave Babcock said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He can almost be Zaza’s understudy. Zaza can teach him the ropes of the NBA.”
Raduljica averaged 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 53 contests with club Azovmash in the Ukrainian Superleague last year. He also stated that he played in all 82 games during several competitions, which included the EuroCup competition and VTB United League.
Obviously, Raduljica will most likely not see very many minutes in his first season in the league, unless something drastic was to happen. However, he is fortunate to have starting center Larry Sanders and Pachulia to sit behind in order to learn how to play the game in the NBA the right way.
The good news is Raduljica has no problem absorbing as much knowledge as possible in a bench role as he is simply thrilled to have his dream of playing in the NBA come true.
“Maybe for some people this is a surprise or whatever,” Raduljica told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “For me, it’s a logical next step. It’s the biggest step in everybody’s career. It’s everybody’s dream and it was mine. I’m very happy to be here and happy everything turned out so well.”
The great part about the signing is that the 25-year-old has the potential to be a difference maker for the Bucks down the road.