Hawes (coach's decision) isn't expected to play Friday against the Nuggets or Saturday against the Suns, Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Hawes and fellow center Roy Hibbert, who were both acquired Thursday from the Hornets in exchange for Miles Plumlee, still need to pass their physicals and aren't expected to join the Bucks until Saturday, and it seems Kidd is reluctant to use either player before they have an opportunity to practice with the team. Even without the services of Hibbert and Hawes the next two games, the Bucks won't be short on center help with John Henson, Greg Monroe and Thon Maker still populating the depth chart. It may take several games for Kidd's center rotation to crystallize, but Hawes seemingly has a better chance of becoming a rotation option than Hibbert, who has an expering contract and a skill set that overlaps a bit with Henson. Hawes, meanwhile, has demonstrated some effectiveness as an outside shooter throughout his career, an attribute that could earn him minutes on a Bucks roster that's short on floor spacers.
Hawes had recently seen a bigger role with the Hornets, as Cody Zeller was dealing with a quad injury and missed the last five games. However, when Zeller was healthy, he was usually off the fantasy radar, as he'd been averaging 7.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists across just 17.9 minutes per game this season. His move to the Bucks certainly won't help his value, as Hawes will be joining a center rotation that's even more crowded than what he saw in Charlotte. The Bucks already have Greg Monroe and John Henson, while Thon Maker has also received time at the position as well. Adding on to that, Roy Hibbert is also coming over in the trade, so Hawes at best will be in a timeshare with a group of the aforementioned players. Hawes could also see time at power forward, so it's still a situation to monitor over the next few games in order to see how the regular rotation shakes out.
Hawes will draw the start at center in Wednesday's matchup against the Warriors.
Hawes will replace Roy Hibbert at center. The decision by coach Steve Clifford is likely matchup based. Hawes was impressive in the team's loss to the Warriors on Jan. 25, posting ten points, 13 rebounds, five assists, a block and a triple in 29 minutes. He presumably see another healthy workload Wednesday.
Hawes finished with 10 points (4-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT) with 13 rebounds, five assists and a blocked shots over 29 minutes in Wednesday's 113-103 loss against the Warriors.
Hawes saw his most extensive playing time since Nov. 21, when he rolled up a season-high 37 minutes. He played added minutes with Cody Zeller (quadriceps) on the shelf. If Zeller remains sidelined Hawes will have some decent short-term fantasy appeal, especially if you're searching for low-cost values in DFS.
Hawes tallied 18 points (6-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, three assists and a block in 28 minutes during Thursday's 115-114 loss to Detroit.
Hawes hit a season high Thursday, an encouraging sign after falling in and out of coach Steve Clifford's rotation all season. It's been tough for Hawes to find court time, with Clifford leaning more towards Frank Kaminsky and Roy Hibbert to fill in the big-man rotation, but Charlotte could certainly use more outside shooting and Hawes offers that at a unique size. Keep an eye on him to see if he finds more minutes in the near future.
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