As per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Denver Nuggets have acquired veteran center Roy Hibbert from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for a heavily protected second-round draft pick.

Hibbert, who joined the Bucks from the Charlotte Hornets in a trade package earlier this month, is averaging a career-low 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds a game. The 30-year-old has played a substantially subsidiary role this season, only starting 13 games in total.

Hibbert spent the first seven years of his career with the Indiana Pacers, where he was a prominent member of the starting five from the outset and throughout. He then joined the Los Angeles Lakers prior to the 2015-16 season, where he played all but one game, with averages of 5.9 points and 4.9 boards a game, which is a significant decline. Hibbert’s fall from grace continued when he then joined the Charlotte Hornets at the start of the current NBA season, where he was later traded to the Bucks, and now to the Nuggets.

This news comes shortly after the Nuggets made a ‘monster’ trade effort hoping to acquire Paul George from the Pacers, but the subsequent talks between the teams went nowhere. The Nuggets were also reportedly interested in the Portland Trail Blazers’ injured big-man, Festus Ezeli, but opted with the healthier Hibbert instead, per ESPN.com.

The move by the Bucks is to dump the $5,000,000 salary hit the centre commands. He will become an unrestricted free agent in the off-season. Hibbert is expected to get limited game time at the Nuggets, and will only be a utility player at most.

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