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Dark Knight 08-01-2009 12:16 PM

Bruce Bowen Waived!
 
Yes! This is our missing piece! That guy that will mentor the young ones and can still be able to contribute. And at his age, it won't cost us much. He would be a perfect backup to Hedo

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Bucks waive defensive stalwart Bowen

Defensive stalwart Bruce Bowen has been released by the Milwaukee Bucks and will be an unrestricted free agent next week if he clears waivers.

The Bucks announced the move Friday night after their monthlong attempts to trade him -- including talks this week with the Denver Nuggets -- did not result in a deal.

Bowen's full $4 million salary for next season would have been guaranteed if he was not released by Aug. 1. The Bucks will save half that amount by waiving Bowen and paying him the required $2 million buyout stipulated in Bowen's contract.

Bowen, 38, joined the Spurs in the summer of 2001 and was part of three championship teams (2003, '05 and '07) in his eight seasons in San Antonio. It's believed that a return to the Spurs in free agency is highly unlikely but contenders such as Orlando, Cleveland and Boston have been mentioned as potential suitors for Bowen.

The Bucks have tried all month to trade the veteran stopper since acquiring him from San Antonio on June 23 as part of a three-team trade that sent Richard Jefferson to the Spurs and also netted Kurt Thomas from San Antonio and Amir Johnson from Detroit. Fabricio Oberto went from the Spurs to the Pistons to complete the trade. It was understood from the start that Milwaukee would waive Bowen if it could not utilize him in a trade in July.

Via his Twitter account Friday night, Bowen wrote: "Just got off the plane [and] got word that I will not be in Milwaukee for Christmas!"

Bowen was one of five NBA players waived Friday, joining Boston guard Gabe Pruitt, Los Angeles Clippers guard Mike Taylor, Los Angeles Lakers swingman Sun Yue and fellow Buck Salim Stoudamire. All five players will be unrestricted free agents if they are not claimed by another team before 6 p.m. ET next Friday.

zachus 08-01-2009 12:29 PM

I wouldn't be surprised to see him back in a Spurs uniform.

Torontosaurus 08-01-2009 12:30 PM

He's lost a step, but I wouldn't be against getting him as a back-up sf if he's willing to take a pay cut. Hopefully his defensive intensity could rub off on the others.

Raptorman 08-01-2009 12:34 PM

Can we sign him to a four-game contract? For the 4 games vs Orlando?

Gurk 08-01-2009 12:48 PM

He'll be back on the Spurs roster before you know it

Dark Knight 08-01-2009 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Gurk (Post 220870)
He'll be back on the Spurs roster before you know it

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It's believed that a return to the Spurs in free agency is highly unlikely
Sure...

Gurk 08-01-2009 12:56 PM

Just wait and watch ;)

Dark Knight 08-01-2009 12:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Gurk (Post 220876)
Just wait and watch ;)

But I want him on our team :sad:

gdaytday 08-01-2009 01:07 PM

Real GM:

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Bruce Bowen was waived on Friday by the Bucks in a cost-saving move.

A return to the Spurs is highly unlikely but contenders such as Orlando, Cleveland and Boston have been mentioned as potential suitors for Bowen.

A source told Yahoo! that Bowen will contemplate retirement.

Febreezy 08-01-2009 01:12 PM

Cleveland could use him, since they're going retro and signing all old players.:cwm34:

moremilk 08-01-2009 01:21 PM

bowen is done - last season he was a shadow of the defender he once was, and his offense had dropped to the ben wallace level

jeffb 08-01-2009 01:35 PM

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Originally Posted by moremilk (Post 220891)
bowen is done - last season he was a shadow of the defender he once was, and his offense had dropped to the ben wallace level

He'd be good behind Turkoglu playing 15MPG. I think he'd probably want to play alot more then that though. He won't be a Raptors imo.

B-RAD 08-01-2009 01:36 PM

bowens ship has sank or else the spurs wouldn't have traded him.

finstock 08-01-2009 02:41 PM

Bowen is one dimensional, and that one dimension has diminished substantially.

So if he can't defend at an elite level anymore, what can he provide? An occasional corner 3 ball and missed free throws? As you can deduce, I've never liked Mr. Bowen.

Nites 08-01-2009 03:21 PM

He will be back on the Spurs.

Someguy again 08-01-2009 11:04 PM

He has 3 rings and he broken a hella lot of ankles (literally)

Time for him to call it a career.

Blaze 08-02-2009 01:17 AM

on hoops hype it said hes thinking about retiring so that makes the chances of him coming to toronto even smaller i think if he doesnt go back to the spurs hell retire

F1nir_ 08-02-2009 01:29 AM

We need size and he could contribute. Only thing is that we need to get rid of Banks or Douby or Ukic and sign a big man and possibly Bruce Bowen

B-RAD 08-02-2009 02:01 AM

you know suddenly when it looked like our chances of getting kleiza were gone. it looks better because we could sign and trade delfino for kleiza.

Acie 08-02-2009 09:56 AM

Bowen is done.

Time for him to sail off into the sunset.


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