August 7, 2007

Bucks sign Storey, close with Bell to fill out roster

Category: Bucks — Patrick Stumpf @ 4:56 am

With the 2007-2008 Milwaukee Bucks regular season schedule being released just a short time ago, GM Larry Harris is still looking to fill out the last roster spots. The team, which will open the season on the road October 31st against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic, has 12 players that are all but locks to make the team as of today. They are guards Mo Williams, Michael Redd, Lynn Greer, and draft pick Ramon Sessions (who has yet to sign), forwards Bobby Simmons, Desmond Mason, David Noel, Damir Markota, and Charlie Villanueva, as well as centers Andrew Bogut, Jake Voskuhl and Dan Gadzuric. Management has likely let Reuben Patterson, Earl Boykins, Ersan Illyasova, Brian Skinner, and Jared Reiner walk, leaving 3 spots yet to be filled. While first-round selection Yi Jianlian’s status remains unclear, expect the team to strike a deal with the big man before the season begins. Leaving just 2 spots left. Well, all indications suggest the Bucks will pursue restricted free-agent guard Charlie Bell heavily, along with forward Awvee Storey. Storey impressed Milwaukee as part of their Las Vegas Summer League team, showing off his toughness and versatility. Don’t expect Storey, if he does sign, to see major minutes as he would likely find himself stuck behind Simmons and Mason in the rotation. Storey, 30, has played previously with Washington and New Jersey, managing a mere 4-minutes per game in his two seasons.

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