Kilpatrick will be converted to a standard NBA contract, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
After being waived by the Nets in early December, Kilpatrick went on to sign a two-way contract with the Bucks. Since that deal was put in place, Kilpatrick has played in five games, averaging 5.2 points and 1.4 rebounds across 9.0 minutes. He hasn't been heavily involved and is not a viable fantasy target, though Milwaukee likes his progress and will now convert his two-way deal into a full standard contract. That means Kilpatrick should remain with the team through the end of the 2017-18 campaign, operating as depth in the backcourt.
After emerging as a go-to scoring option for the Nets during certain stretches last season and finishing with an average of 13.1 points per game in 70 appearances, Kilpatrick saw a steep role reduction in 2017-18. In his 16 games with Brooklyn, Kilpatrick averaged just 4.9 points (on 28.7 percent shooting from the field) in 11.4 minutes per contest before he was waived earlier this month to make room for the newly acquired Jahlil Okafor. Despite Kilpatrick's struggles this season, the Bucks apparently recognized the scoring upside he could offer off the bench and will have him replace Gary Payton on the roster. With the Bucks ripe with options at shooting guard, it's hard to imagine Kilpatrick carving out of a much larger role in Milwaukee than he had in Brooklyn earlier this season.
Kilpatrick was waived in order to make room for Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas, who the Nets received in a trade Thursday for Trevor Booker. After a strong 2016-17 season where Kilpatrick appeared in 70 games for the Nets, he's mostly been on the outside of the rotation looking in this year. It's hard to imagine Kilpatrick going unclaimed or not being able to find a new home in free agency given the promise he has shown the last two seasons.
Kilpatrick contributed 11 points (4-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 20 minutes during Tuesday's 112-104 loss to the Nuggets.
Kilpatrick made his sixth appearance through 11 games, and he finished with season highs in points, assists, threes, field goals made and attempted, and minutes. Kilpatrick was a regular part of the Nets' rotation last year, but given the progression of sophomore guard Caris LeVert and the addition of Allen Crabbe, it will be tough for Kilpatrick to match his stats from 2016-17.
Kilpatrick missed Tuesday's contest following the birth of his daughter, but has since rejoined the Nets. He's yet to see the floor this season and doesn't appear to be a member of the team's regular rotation, though D'Angelo Russell's (knee) absence could potentially open up enough minutes in the backcourt for Kilpatrick to make his debut Wednesday.
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