The Milwaukee Bucks traded forward Miles Plumlee to the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday for big men Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert. The 6-foot-11 Plumlee signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Bucks during the summer but hasn’t received steady playing time. He has played in just 32 games with 12 starts, averaging just 2.6 points. The Hornets have been determined to upgrade their rebounding and defense in the frontcourt and consider Plumlee an upgrade. Milwaukee had been motivated to trade one of its two centers on long-term deals – Plumlee or Greg Monroe, league sources said.

“We are excited to add Miles to our roster,” Hornets general manager Rich Cho said 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.”

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 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. Charlotte considered Hibbert a failed experiment on an expiring contract, and Hawes’ role had substantially decreased with the emergence of 2015 first-round pick Frank Kaminsky.

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 a player option in his contract next season for $6 million.

“Spencer and Roy are two proven NBA centers who give us additional depth and versatility in the front court,” Bucks general manager John Hammond said in a statement. “The trade also gives us future cap flexibility as we continue to shape our roster. Miles and Steve [Novak] are true professionals both on and off the court, and we wish them all the best.” To make room on the roster, the Bucks waived Steve Novak.

Charlotte is planning to sign center Mike Tobey from its Greensboro NBA Development League franchise to a 10-day contract, league sources told The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Milwaukee clears salary cap space in the deal, which, in part, will help in working to re-sign restricted free-agent forward Tony Snell to a contract extension. Snell’s value has increased because of a solid season with the Bucks.

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