Bucks waived forward Kalaitzakis

2021-12-03T23:15:35+00:00 2021-12-04T10:22:04+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

03/Dec/21 23:15

Eurohoops.net

Giorgos Kalaitzakis’ stint with the Milwaukee Bucks is over.

By Eurohoops team / info@eurohoops.net

The Milwaukee Bucks released Greek forward Giorgos Kalaitzakis, the team announced Friday following the report of The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Kalaitzakis, 22, is out of the Bucks after playing nine games of his debut NBA season. He averaged 1.8 points in 5.3 minutes.

Per the press release: “The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent swingman Wesley Matthews. In a related transaction the Bucks have requested waivers on rookie guard Georgios Kalaitzakis.

A 6-5 guard, Matthews averaged 4.8 points and 1.6 rebounds in 19.5 minutes over 58 games (10 starts) for the Los Angeles Lakers last season.

“Wesley is a proven veteran whose shooting, defense and experience will help us,” said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst. “He is familiar with Coach Bud’s system and our team. We’re excited to have him back with us.”

A 12-year NBA veteran, Matthews has appeared in 849 games (739 starts) over his 12 seasons with Utah, Portland, Dallas, New York, Indiana, Milwaukee, and Los Angeles, and holds career averages of 12.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game. The former Marquette standout who attended high school in Madison, Wis., has also played in 52 playoff games in his career and is averaging 10.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals in postseason action.

Matthews will wear No. 23 with the Bucks.

Kalaitzakis, the 60th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, appeared in nine games with the Bucks this season and averaged 1.8 points in 5.3 minutes per game.”

The Bucks had acquired Kalaitzakis via a trade with the Indiana Pacers that selected the player with the 60th overall pick. Milwaukee paid Greek club Panathinaikos Athens a 300,000 buyout to sign Kalaitzakis to his first NBA contract.

His roster spot goes to veteran guard Wesley Matthews, as reported earlier by Charania. The 35-year-old player is back in Milwaukee after spending the previous season with the Los Angeles Lakers.