The Milwaukee Bucks re-signed forward Jordan Nwora to a two-year, $6.2 million deal, his agents reported Sunday. Nwora, 24, averaged 7.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 62 games (13 starts) in his second NBA season in 2021-22.
The Bucks drafted Nwora in the second round (45th overall) out of Louisville in 2020. Nwora will provide a depth option for the Bucks entering the season.
Khris Middleton is not expecting to be available when the season kicks off later in October, and Joe Ingles won’t be ready until at least December, probably January as he recovers from a serious injury.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Jordan Nwora has agreed on a two-year, $6.2 million deal to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks, his agents Mark Bartelstein and George Roussakis of @PrioritySports tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 25, 2022
General manager Jon Horst confirmed Nwora’s return without revealing the deal’s details. He said that “they’re working to finalize a deal” to retain him on the roster.
Mike Budenholzer will also have options, like Pat Connaughton, Wes Matthews, and Grayson Allen. Nwora can provide scoring punch coming off the bench even in a limited role, despite not having a big role in the playoffs last season.
The available wing minutes are going to come down to who has a better camp: Nwora or first round rookie MarJon Beauchamp. The Bucks announced their training camp roster recently with 19 players available to participate.
With Nwora contract, the Bucks are going $15 million over the luxury tax and they seem to not holding back in spending while bringing the core of the last year’s team back as 16 players from last season are still in the team.