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Bucks Re-Sign Workman Guard


Point guard Haywoode Workman signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, the team announced Monday.

The move comes a week after the Bucks had to endure the loss of two other free agent guards.

In his eighth season in the NBA, Workman averaged 6.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and a team-high 5.9 assists for the Bucks.

"He was a valuable piece to our success last season, giving us leadership, toughness and productivity from the point guard position," coach George Karl said in a release Monday.

A week ago, the Bucks lost 6-foot-5 free agent guard Michael Curry when he signed a five-year, $12 million deal with the Detroit Pistons. The Bucks offered him $10 million over four years.

On Thursday, the Bucks lost free agent guard Dell Curry. He got a three-year, $6 million contract with the Toronto Raptors. Dell Curry told the Bucks earlier that he would accept their two-year offer worth $1.1 million a year.

After the Raptors made an offer, the Bucks reportedly raised their offer to a four-year deal worth $5 million, and Curry orally agreed.

However, Curry apparently changed his mind, prompting Bucks' general manager Bob Weinhauer to say: "I don't want to talk about him."

The two Currys gave the Bucks a strong bench that became instrumental in their first trip to the playoffs since 1991. The 6-foot-5 Dell Curry led the NBA in 3-point accuracy last season, shooting 47.6 percent from behind the arc.

Workman's signing was some good news for the Bucks.

"We appreciate Haywoode's commitment to our organization and look forward to him having another productive season with us," said Weinhauer, who called Workman a key factor in last season's playoff run.

The Bucks were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers.

Workman missed the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons trying to rebound from an injury to his left knee, but he started 29 games for the Bucks last season.

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