Report: Bucks Clearing Space to Sign Marvin Williams


Marvin Williams is headed back to the postseason. 

The Milwaukee Bucks are clearing space to sign Williams by waiving Dragan Bender, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Williams's buyout with the Charlotte Hornets is complete and he will be waived as soon as Saturday, reports Wojnarowski. The 15-year veteran forward will become an unrestricted free agent after clearing waivers with the remainder of his $15 million salary.

ESPN's Bobby Marks also reports Williams will sign with the Bucks on the veteran's prorated minimum worth $956,000. Milwaukee could sign Williams as soon as Monday.

On Friday night, reports surfaced that the Hornets appeared to be buying out Williams's contract, and The Athletic's Shams Charania added that he was planning to join Milwaukee.

According to the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics guard Kemba Walker spent around a month trying to recruit Williams to Boston.

In 41 games with the Hornets this season, the No. 2 pick in the 2005 draft shot 45% from three and averaged 6.7 points per game in 20 minutes of action.

Williams has played in six postseasons previously, having last appeared in the playoffs in 2015-16 with the Hornets. Prior to that, he made the postseason in five consecutive seasons with the Atlanta Hawks from 2007-12.

Following a busy trade deadline, it's unclear who else around the league will enter the buyout market. One other name to consider is point guard Darren Collison, who is reportedly deciding on whether he will come out of retirement next week.

The Hornets currently sit in 12th in the East at just 16–35. 

The Bucks currently have the league's best record at 44–7. Williams will seemingly join a frontcourt that features both Lopez brothers and Ersan Ilyasova.