Trade season begins as Bucks send Miles Plumlee to Hornets for Roy Hibbert, Spencer Hawes
Miles Plumlee has been seldom used in the Bucks despite signing a 4-year, $50M deal in the offseason. AP

THE Milwaukee Bucks traded forward Miles Plumlee to the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) in exchange for centers Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert.

Despite signing a four-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks in the offseason, the 6-11 Plumlee has been seldom used, averaging just 2.6 points in 32 games.

"We are excited to add Miles to our roster," said Hornets general manager Rich Cho in a statement. "He is an athletic big man who brings additional physicality and rebounding to our frontcourt rotation. He's a proven player with a strong work ethic and we think he'll fit in well with our core group."

Hampered by several injuries, Hibbert is 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.

A big man with a shooting touch from the perimeter, Hawes is 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.  

"Spencer and Roy are two proven NBA centers who give us additional depth and versatility in the front court. The trade also gives us future cap flexibility as we continue to shape our roster,” said Bucks general manager John Hammond. 

The Bucks also waived Steve Novak to make room in their roster.

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