The Bucks are reportedly looking for help on the wing after losing Khris Middleton to a torn hamstring, but in the meantime, the team has made another move that’s not connected to Middleton’s injury. According to RealGM’s staff report, Milwaukee is signing free agent center Jaleel Roberts to a deal for training camp.
Roberts, who will turn 24 next month, played his college ball for UNC-Asheville, going undrafted in 2015 after averaging 7.0 PPG and 5.0 RPG in his senior season. Despite his modest college stats, Roberts received a training camp invite from the Wizards last season, and after being waived by Washington last fall, the seven-footer rejoined the club for Summer League play this July.
For training camp this fall though, it appears Roberts will be joining a Bucks squad that is still reeling from the news of Middleton’s potential six-month absence. In addition to its 15 players currently on guaranteed contracts, Milwaukee is also bringing Orlando Johnson and J.J. O’Brien to camp on non-guaranteed deals, and reportedly agreed to terms with Jabari Brown this week, along with Roberts.
Xavier Henry recently signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Bucks, but NBA.com’s transactions log suggests the club waived him on Tuesday — that move has yet to be announced by the team. Ronald Roberts was also rumored to be heading to camp with Milwaukee, but that deal hasn’t come to fruition, so there should be one opening on the Bucks’ 20-man offseason roster as they explore replacements for Middleton.