The Milwaukee Bucks were quiet at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, but they’re reportedly making some noise on the buyout market.
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting that Marvin Williams is planning to sign with Milwaukee, after he was bought out by the Charlotte Hornets.
Williams, 33, is averaging 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1 assist per game this season, but is known more for his veteran presence, defensive prowess and ability to hit catch-and-shoot three-point shots.
Marvin Williams — a tremendous veteran shooter — headed to join Giannis Antetokounmpo and the team with the NBA’s best record. https://t.co/GbPOJ99YMw
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2020
In 2005, the Bucks held the NBA’s No.1 overall draft pick and were torn between drafting Andrew Bogut and Williams. Ultimately, the team selected Bogut and Williams was picked No.2 by the Atlanta Hawks.
He has played for three teams throughout his 15 year career, Atlanta, the Utah Jazz and Charlotte.
Well respected amongst his peers, Williams was thought to be a hot commodity after his buyout. Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics, who played with Williams in Charlotte, admitted he spent a month trying to recruit him to Boston.
Just caught up with Kemba in the hallway and he said he genuinely had spent a month trying to recruit Marvin Williams to Boston.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) February 8, 2020
Walker’s reaction when learning that Williams selected Milwaukee, was, in a word, priceless.
Kemba Walker’s reaction to Marvin Williams getting bought out and planning to sign with the Bucks: “Damn!” pic.twitter.com/pULuFlqrOW
— Nicole Yang (@nicolecyang) February 8, 2020
To make room for Williams, Bucks general manager Jon Horst had to cut one member of the current roster. ESPN’s Adrain Wojnarowski reported on Saturday morning that the team would release Dragan Bender.
Milwaukee is waiving Dragan Bender, clearing the way to sign F Marvin Williams as soon as Monday, league sources tell ESPN. Williams buyout is complete with Charlotte and will be waived as soon today.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2020
Bender, a former No.4 overall pick, was signed as a free agent this summer and contributed sparingly, but made multiple stints for the Wisconsin Herd, Milwaukee’s G-League affiliate.