ESPN The Milwaukee Bucks are close to a trade that would send forward Miles Plumlee to the Charlotte Hornets for big men Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert, sources told ESPN.com. The sides could complete the deal on Thursday. Plumlee, a 6-foot-11 shooting specialist, signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks last summer but hasn’t gotten steady playing time. He’s played in just 32 games with 12 starts, averaging just 2.6 points. Injuries have slowed Hibbert this season, and recently he had fallen out of coach Steve Clifford’s rotation as the Hornets have tried to shake out of a slump. Hibbert’s averaging a career-low 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 42 games. He signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Hornets last year. Hawes is a veteran shooting specialist. He’s averaging 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 35 games but is shooting just 29 percent on 3-pointers, his lowest in seven seasons. He has an option in his contract next season for $6 million.
An interesting NBA trade is about to be finalized, as the Milwaukee Bucks will forward Miles Plumlee to the Charlotte Hornets for centers Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert. The Bucks apparently made this move because Roy Hibbert is an expiring context and Spencer Hawes has a player option after the season, this deal gives the Bucks the ability to negotiate with their own restricted free agent Tony Snell, who they love as a 3-and-D guy and who they are afraid they will lose next summer. Adding the 7’3 Hibbert and the 7’1 Hawes makes the Milwaukee Bucks, who were already the NBA’s longest team, even longer. The Hornets add Miles Plumlee, a high energy player who signed a four-year $50 million contract with the Bucks last summer, but had struggled to find playing time. The Hornets must have seen something in Plumlee, they wanted him last summer before he resigned with Milwaukee, and killed their summer cap flexibility to acquire him. The Hornets now have a Zeller brother and a Plumlee brother, so…that’s something.