Should Milwaukee Bucks Sign Free Agent Royal Ivey?

By Michael Terrill
Should Milwaukee Bucks Sign Free Agent Royal Ivey
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There is a rumor circulating that the Milwaukee Bucks, among other NBA teams, are interested in signing free agent guard Royal Ivey. I understand the purpose of bringing in Ivey would be to create competition at both guard positions, but Milwaukee must stay away from signing anymore free agents this offseason.

The former Buck had a quiet season with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2012-13. He averaged 3.2 points, 1.1 rebounds and 13.2 minutes per game in 53 contests (five starts). The 31-year-old veteran did manage to convert 42.0 percent of his 1.7 three-point field goal attempts per game. In fact, approximately 65 percent of the points he scored last season occurred from beyond the arc.

As a member of the Bucks in 2007-08, Ivey did not accomplish a whole lot while getting a decent amount of playing time. For that reason, Milwaukee let him sign with the 76ers at the conclusion of the season. He was traded back to Milwaukee during the 2009-10 season in which he only appeared in 18 games.

As of right now, the Bucks have six players on their depth chart to play shooting and point guard. I believe all six players will make the roster, and I do not see how Ivey is an upgrade over anyone of them. Why Milwaukee would even express interest in bringing Ivey into training camp is beyond me. The Bucks need to form chemistry with the current players on the roster. Signing someone that is highly unlikely to make the team is a huge mistake.

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