Former Jayhawk Brandon Rush eyeing roster spot with Milwaukee

Minnesota Timberwolves' Brandon Rush plays during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Priority Sports, the agency that represents him, said Monday that former Kansas guard Brandon Rush has joined the Milwaukee Bucks, his fifth team in a 10-year NBA career.

But there appears to be at least a little ways to go before the Kansas City native slaps on Milwaukee green.

According to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Bucks currently have 15 players on their roster, which is one more than the maximum number allowed by NBA rules. In order to make room for Rush the team either will have to move a player or two or is planning to give Rush a training camp deal which would allow him to compete for a spot.

If the latter is the direction the former Jayhawk has to go, it will be interesting to see how things play out.

Given his nine years of in the league with four NBA teams — including Golden State, with which he won an NBA title ring and Minnesota last season — Rush (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) would have the experience edge over young guns like Gary Payton II (6-3, 190), Rashad Vaughn (6-6, 202), Bronson Koenig (6-4, 193) and rookie Sterling Brown (6-5, 225).

But his career averages of 6.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 22 minutes per game paint his as a deep reserve and strictly a role player. While there is a place for a player like Rush on just about any roster — given his defensive ability, athleticism, experience and ability to shoot — it’s entirely possible that the Bucks would favor any one of those younger options instead of Rush.

Still, the fact that his agents identified Milwaukee as a good spot for his next move would seem to indicate that there is at least something to like about the situation.

Rush, who had his jersey retired at KU last season, played in 47 games and made 33 starts for the Timberwolves last season. The 33 starts were the second most of his career and his 21.9 minutes per game were the most since he averaged 26 minutes per game during the 2011-12 season in Golden State.

Those numbers point to there still being a valuable place in the league for the veteran. But, at this point in his career, that place is likely the most important part of the puzzle. Finding a spot where the franchise appreciates and can utilize Rush’s experience and skills is crucial. If they’re able to locate it — whether it’s Milwaukee or elsewhere — the former Jayhawk could likely play another 4 or 5 seasons.