Bucks part ways with Teletovic due to medical reasons, sign Brandon Jennings
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to part ways with forward Mirza Teletovic. The team requested waivers on him on Saturday.
“The health of our players is our primary concern,” said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst. “The Bucks and Mirza Teletovic, in consultation with team doctors and other physicians, have been working together since December to evaluate and manage Mirza’s situation. As a result of the overall evaluation that we’ve gone through, at this time we are both moving on.”
“We appreciate all of Mirza’s contributions to the Bucks organization and our community. We wish him a lifetime of good health with his family.”
The Bucks announced on December 14 that pulmonary embolisms were discovered in both of Teletovic's lungs.
Teletovic only played ten games this season averaging 7.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 15.9 minutes per game while shooting 46.7 percent from 3-point range.
Brandon Jennings is returning to the Milwaukee Bucks, resuming his NBA career with the team that took him in the first round of the NBA draft nearly a decade ago.
The Bucks signed Jennings to a 10-day contract on Sunday. The 10th overall pick of the 2009 draft out of high school will provide depth in a backcourt hit by injuries to ball handlers Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova.
"Just come in, play hard, run the second unit, get guys the ball, get Giannis (Antetokounmpo) the ball," said Jennings, referring to the Bucks' All-Star forward in describing his role with the team.
Jennings most recently played for the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks' G League affiliate. He averaged 21.4 points, 7.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals in seven games with the Herd.
The 6-foot-1 guard appeared in 291 games with Milwaukee from 2009-13, averaging 17 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
The eight-year NBA veteran has had plenty of stops in a well-traveled career since being traded to the Detroit Pistons in 2013 in a deal that brought second-leading scorer Khris Middleton to Milwaukee.
Prior to his stint with the Herd, Jennings played with Shanxi Zhongyu in the Chinese CBA.
The 28-year-old Jennings had NBA stops with the New York Knicks and Washington Wizards last season. He has also played for the Orlando Magic.
"Just being back with Milwaukee feels like home. I can call the Milwaukee Bucks my family," Jennings said Sunday. "A lot of people don't get second chances, but I'm grateful, I'm blessed for this opportunity."