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Reports: Marvin Williams completes buyout with Hornets, plans to sign with Bucks

Bucks reportedly waiving forward Dragan Bender to clear space for Williams

The Milwaukee Bucks are waiving forward Dragan Bender to clear roster space for the signing of Marvin Williams, who has completed a buyout with the Charlotte Hornets, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The 33-year-old Williams had been signed only through the end of the 2019-20 season. Williams is averaging 6.7 points on 44.8% shooting, including 37.6% from 3-point range. A former No. 2 overall pick of the Atlanta Hawks in 2005, Williams has also played for the Utah Jazz (2012-13). The veteran has been with the Hornets for five seasons.

Bender, 22, is in his fourth NBA season. He’s averaging 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13 minutes for the Bucks. He spent three seasons with the Phoenix Suns, the most productive being 2017-18, when he played in all 82 games and averaged 6.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in 25 minutes.

Williams’ buyout may not be the last for the Hornets. Wojnarowski also is reporting that Charlotte is finalizing a contract buyout with forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the Mavericks as a possible landing place.