Terrence Jones has deal with Bucks

The free agent forward has agreed to sign a rest-of-the-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, Shams Charania of Yahoo!

Jones, 25, is in his fifth National Basketball Association season and is expected to add athleticism and versatility to the Bucks.

Terrence Jones was released at the trade deadline.

Jones started the season in New Orleans, where he was averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, but the 25-year-old was deemed surplus by the Pelicans after they acquired DeMarcus Cousins.

The 25-year-old Jones played the first four seasons of his National Basketball Association career with the Houston Rockets after being selected 18th overall in the 2012 draft.

The Bucks have recently lost star forward Jabari Parker and journeyman Michael Beasley to knee injuries, and Jones should fit nicely in a front court that really only needs to defend and rebound the rare misses by Giannis Antetokounmpo. He played 24.6 minutes per game, primarily behind Anthony Davis and had a slightly above-average 16.3 PER. The left-handed shooter is a native of Portland, Ore.

Jones won't be with the Bucks until Saturday, and it's now unclear if he'll be able to suit up for Milwaukee's game that night against the Toronto Raptors. Beasley is expected to miss at least three games before being re-evaluated.

Last week the Bucks signed D-League forward Axel Toupane to a 10-day contract but when his contract expires, Jones should fill the team's 15th roster spot.

  • Julie Sanders