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Dragan Bender on the chopping block once again

Dragan Bender, Bucks

With the NBA’s trade deadline approaching several teams around the league are searching for ways to improve their respective rosters. One such organization is the Milwaukee Bucks, who might be interested in waiving power forward Dragan Bender.

Bender hasn’t had much of a role with the Bucks this season. The Croatian-born forward signed a two-year minimum deal with the team in July, but he’s played in just three games. If Milwaukee chooses to waive him, the team would take a $745,109 hit to their books, according to The Athletic.

Dragan Bender has played 15 minutes this season; one suspects his partial-guaranteed contract is a strong possibility to be waived next week and allow the Bucks to prowl for buyout and 10-day candidates. He’d count $745,109 against their books if waived Tuesday.

In his three appearances with the Bucks this season, Bender has racked up averages of 5.0 points on 75.0 percent shooting from the field (50.0 percent from beyond the arc) and 1.0 assist in 9.7 minutes per outing.

Bender dealt with a right ankle sprain earlier this season, missing most of December with the ailment. Still, he could be a nice addition to any team looking for a lengthy presence at the power forward position.

The Bucks will be back in action on Saturday night, when they’ll serve as hosts to the San Antonio Spurs. Ti-off inside the Fiserv Forum is set for 8:30 p.m. ET.