Terrence Jones Adds Depth To Bucks Roster
Milwaukee Bucks made a surprise signing on Thursday afternoon by acquiring free agent Terrance Jones for the remainder of the year. Jones was the odd man out in New Orleans after Boogie Cousins trade, and Pelicans granted his release after they couldn’t find a deal for him. He’s an imposing figure with a 6’9, 255 frame. He gets Milwaukee some more size, and a player to help out if Michael Beasley is out for an extended period of time. Still, this is an interesting move by Bucks.
Honestly, this is the type a move you would make if Milwaukee found themselves in the top four of Eastern Conference. Not so much being the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference with everyone hating Jason Kidd and wondering if this team heads to tanking in the coming weeks. What John Hammond and company are trying to do here is check out another big man to see if he could replace anyone on this roster for next season. Additionally, Bucks would likely want to see how Jones works with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. With his build, Jones could replace any of the three next season – Beasley, Greg Monroe or Jabari Parker. He isn’t as good as Parker, but from a size perspective, he still adds a competent replacement.
Jones will be a nice piece next to the stars of the team. He will be prime for a dump-offs from Giannis or Malcolm Brogdon in the post. Jones doesn’t do much from the outside being a woeful shooter, but he still gets 11 points a game with nearly six rebounds per. That’s the type of guy Milwaukee needs currently.
Do I think this affects tanking? Not sure. If Bucks end up getting hot, and then, yes, owners pulled a Kohl move to try and get an eight seed versus tanking out the season. Jones isn’t the impact player where coming to Milwaukee will all of the sudden make Bucks a .500 team.