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Bucks will sign Tim Frazier, waive Christian Wood in wake of Malcolm Brogdon injury

Tim Frazier, Christian Wood, Malcolm Brogdon, Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks will release forward Christian Wood and sign free agent point guard Tim Frazier in the wake of a Malcolm Brogdon injury, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

The injury will see Brogdon miss the next six-to-eight weeks, putting the Bucks in a difficult position ahead of the postseason, hoping to lock down the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Frazier, a proven veteran, spent most of the 2018-19 season with the New Orleans Pelicans, playing backup to Elfrid Payton, which earned him 17 starts after the latter was injured.

The 6-foot guard averaged 5.0 points, 4.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds through 47 games played before being waived by the team.

Wood was a valued member of the Bucks, but the organization was forced to make a difficult decision with a key bench cog sidelined until the playoffs. Wood is expected to garner interest from other teams.

The Bucks still have another combo guard in store in George Hill, but it’s likely that Frazier will get some minutes under starter Eric Bledsoe — now largely viewed as insurance at this point of the season.

In Brogdon’s absence, head coach Mike Budenholzer will have to get creative again and earn every bit of his Coach of the Year consideration by shifting either Hill, Donte DiVincenzo, Pat Connaughton or Tony Snell into the starting lineup, though none of those options could bring the fluidity that Brogdon has brought to this team through his 64 appearances this season.