The Bucks are adding another player to their preseason roster, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who reports (via Twitter) that big man Johnny O’Bryant is rejoining the team on a training camp contract. He worked out for the club earlier in the offseason.
O’Bryant, 28, was selected 36th overall by Milwaukee in the 2014 draft and spent the first two seasons of his professional career with the Bucks. He later spent time with Denver and Charlotte, ultimately appearing in 147 NBA regular season games, averaging 3.5 PPG and 2.4 RPG in 11.5 minutes per contest.
O’Bryant has been out of the league since 2018, having spent the last several seasons playing for teams in Europe. He won an Israeli League championship with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2019 and a Serbian Cup title with Crvena Zvezda in 2021. He also spent time with clubs in Russia and Turkey.
O’Bryant will get the opportunity to compete for a roster spot in Milwaukee, according to Charania. The team currently has 13 players on fully guaranteed contracts, so there could be a path to a spot on the regular season squad for the veteran. However, rookie Georgios Kalaitzakis has a partial guarantee, which probably gives him a leg up to be the 14th man, and the Bucks may not carry a 15th player at the start of the season due to tax concerns.