Steve Novak, a career 43.1 percent 3-point shooter, would be a valuable stretch-4 or wing option for a host of teams. However, the journeyman free agent is still to find a team that wants him.
Novak has represented an unprecedented nine teams since being drafted No.32 by the Houston Rockets in 2006. Since then, the 33-year-old has played for the Clippers, Mavericks, Spurs, Knicks, Raptors, Jazz, Thunder and the Bucks.
The forward realizes that there are younger free agents in the market. However, he is confident that some team will come calling. “The A priorities have to take place,” the veteran told the Journal Sentinel on Tuesday.
“There have been conversations that have gone on with guys like Dwyane Wade and other big free agents, and those have to happen first. We understand that. What can happen contract-wise has to rely on those other signings, so we’re being patient. We have very open dialogue at this point. It’s good. We understand this is just part of the process,” added Novak.
Steve Novak hopes to stay with Bucks…
The former Marquette graduate still hopes to return to Milwaukee, who have only 10 players under contract at the moment with center Miles Plumlee and rookie Thon Maker yet to sign contracts. Plumlee is a restricted free agent and is expected to sign a longterm extension this summer.
In February, Bucks completed a buyout with the Denver Nuggets to secure the three-point sniper. Unfortunately, Novak’s season ended prematurely after he suffered a ligament tear. “I’m probably at 90 percent right now, which to be honest is perfect. I feel great moving and making shots. It’s almost more now the injury is gone. It’s now getting the rhythm back and getting my body to feel the same as it did before the injury.”
Steve Novak could prove to be the Channing Frye of next season. Remember, Frye played a big part in Cleveland’s championship run as a utility player off the bench.