Zaza Pachulia headed back to Bucks

Updated: July 6, 2013, 10:59 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Veteran center Zaza Pachulia is following coach Larry Drew to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Pachulia has verbally agreed to a three-year deal worth approximately $16 million to return to the Bucks, for whom he played in 2004-05.

When the deal is made official Wednesday after the league's annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted, Pachulia will be reunited with Drew, who coached him with the Atlanta Hawks last season before getting the Milwaukee job.

Pachulia averaged 5.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game last season for the Hawks.

Information from ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard was used in this report.

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