Bucks sign Markota, might send him to D league

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks signed Damir Markota to a multiyear contract Tuesday.

The Bucks acquired the draft rights to the 6-foot-10 forward from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for the better of
Milwaukee's two second-round draft picks in 2007.

Markota, selected 59th overall by the Spurs in June, averaged 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds last season for Cibona Zagreb of the Adriatic League. The 20-year-old is a native of Croatia and made
his professional debut with Cibona during the 2001-02 season at the age of 16.

General manager Larry Harris said Markota might be sent to the Bucks' developmental league affiliate in Tulsa, Okla., to gain additional experience.