Nov 9, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors shooting guard Julyan Stone (77) drive to the basket as Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) tries to defend during the fourth period in a game at Air Canada Centre. The Toronto Raptors won 115-91. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Milwaukee Bucks Interested In Julyan Stone


According to a report, the Milwaukee Bucks have interest in free agent Julyan Stone, the guard who was waived by the Toronto Raptors on Monday.

According to Shams Charania of RealGM.com:

Stone’s $948,163 contract for 2014-15 would have become guaranteed had the Raptors retained him past Monday. He signed with Toronto last September after spending two seasons with the Denver Nuggets.

Stone, 25, is a 6-foot-6, 200-pound combo guard from UTEP who signed with the Nuggets as an undrafted free agent after the lockout ended in 2011.

He did two stints in the D-League while with Denver, playing three games with the Idaho Stampede in 2011-12 and six games for the Iowa Energy in 2012-13.

Stone was on the Raptors’ roster all season, but played in only 21 games, none after March 14. He was inactive for all seven games of Toronto’s first-round playoff loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Stone scored 18 points with 20 rebounds and 12 assists in those 21 games, playing 120 minutes. He was 7-for-17 overall, 2-for-8 from 3-point range and 5-for-9 at the foul line.

He does make some sense for the Bucks, however, who need depth in the backcourt. As of right now, Milwaukee has only three true guards on the roster—Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo and Nate Wolters.

The Bucks will have three other guards on their summer league roster in Las Vegas: Ben Brust, who went undrafted out of Wisconsin last month; along with C.J. Williams, who spent all of last season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League; and another former Wisconsin Badger, Jordan Taylor, who played for Virtus Roma of Italian Liga A the last two seasons after getting summer league tryouts with the Atlanta Hawks in 2012 and the Raptors in 2013.

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