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Bucks sign Brandon Jennings

The Milwaukee Bucks announced Sunday that they have signed guard Brandon Jennings to a multi-year contract.

In 10 games for the Bucks this season, Jennings is averaging 5.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per contest.

Jennings played for the Bucks from 2009-13 after the franchise drafted him with the 10th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft.

The eight-year NBA veteran played in China for Shanxi this season before signing with the G League Wisconsin Herd. Jennings averaged 21.4 points, 7.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds with the Herd.

“It feels great for me,” Jennings said following shootaround at the Pepsi Center ahead of Milwaukee’s 7 p.m. game against the Denver Nuggets. “(Milwaukee) is where I started my career. We’re about to go into the postseason, I get another crack at the playoffs again and I’m just excited. …

“Now that I’m here, now I can breathe a little bit and now I can just be myself and play more and just be who I am. I’m real excited and I can’t wait.”

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Jennings’ new deal keeps him with the Bucks on a guaranteed contract for the remainder of this season, including being eligible for the playoffs. His contract for next season is unguaranteed, though that allows him to stick with the team during the summer, into training camp and potentially into next season.

“I think it’s just all the hard work that I put in when I was in China, getting myself back healthy and getting my (mentality) right,” Jennings said of being in this situation after starting the season in China. “Just to be back in a Bucks uniform and going to the playoffs in a Bucks uniform is definitely special.”

“He’s been really good in terms of filling that backup role for us,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. “He’s had some very good games — Memphis and Chicago kind of stand out. He’s a guy that can help us.”

While he has been the primary backup point guard, Jennings’ role is likely to change at some point soon. Injured point guards Malcolm Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova are expected back soon — certainly before the playoffs.

“Obviously we need to get those guys back and healthy and that’s important,” Prunty said. “Until that time he has to fill that role.”

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