Bucks waiving Dragan Bender, will sign Marvin Williams
The Milwaukee Bucks need to clear a roster spot after cashing in on former Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams, who was bought out of the remainder of his contract recently. Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of former No. 4 overall pick Dragan Bender.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that the Bucks have waived Bender to make room for Williams.
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 has not quite panned out for Milwaukee after they signed him to a two-year deal this past summer. The Bucks are able to release Bender as the second year of his deal is non-guaranteed.
The Croatian forward has only played in seven games for the Bucks this season. He has spent most of his time with Milwaukee’s G-League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd.
This is definitely a bummer for the 22-year old. It’s unclear where Bender’s career in the NBA will go from here after failed stints with the Bucks and the Phoenix Suns, which declined his fourth-year option prior to the start of the 2018-19 season.
As for Williams, he has played in 41 of Charlotte’s 51 games this season. However, he has seen a decreased role with the Hornets opting to go full youth movement in 2019-20. This year, Williams is averaging 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game for Charlotte.
Williams should be able to provide some solid spot minutes off the bench for the 44-7 Bucks. At 33 years old, the 6-foot-8 forward is a valuable locker room presence as well as serviceable player on the court with his ability to defend multiple positions and knock down the three ball.
Williams should join Milwaukee shortly after he clears waivers on Monday.