Per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to trade center Miles Plumlee to the Hornets in exchange for centers Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes.
Per Woj, the Bucks also plan to release Milwaukee native, Marquette grad, and fan favorite Steve Novak to create space for both players in the trade.
Over the summer, the Bucks agreed to re-sign Plumlee to a four-year, $52 million contract. However, despite the relatively large contract, Plumlee has only played in 32 of 48 games this season, starting just 12 and contributing less than 10 minutes per game. He’s averaging just 2.6 points per game to go along with 1.7 rebounds and 0.6 assists.
Hawes, a product of the University of Washington, is averaging 7.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG and 1.8 APG this season in 17.9 minutes per game off the bench. Since joining the league in 2007, he’s spent time with the Kings, 76ers, Cavaliers, Clippers and Hornets.
Hibbert has also seen his playing time decline, and is coming off the bench regularly for the first time since his rookie season. In 16 minutes of playing time per game, he averages 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds.
This trade was made to create more flexibility moving forward with the Bucks tied to three big contracts involving their centers. Both Hibbert and Hawes will likely not be with the team next year, as the Bucks may commit to Greg Monroe on a new deal and have John Henson signed for years to come.