Plumlee (knee), along with Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick in the draft were traded to the Hawks in exchange for Dwight Howard and the 31st pick on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Plumlee has bounced around quite a bit in the past year. He began last season with the Bucks before being dealt to Charlotte before the trade deadline. His four-year, $52 million contract was largely seen as an unfavorable deal when he signed it last season, but it appears the Hawks were willing to absorb it in order to get the first pick of the 2nd round in Thursday's draft and unload Dwight Howard's three-year, $70.5 million deal. Plumlee will likely split time at center with Mike Muscala if he remains in Atlanta. Plumlee averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds across 10.8 minutes per game in 2017.
Plumlee underwent a successful arthroscopic debridement on his right knee on Tuesday.
Plumlee's estimated recovery time following the procedure is approximately six to eight weeks. The big man was acquired from the Bucks prior to the trade deadline. He provided 2.4 points and 3.2 rebounds across 13.4 minutes in 13 games with the Hornets. He figures to be ready to go when training camp rolls around.
Plumlee was also active Friday against the Cavaliers, but coach Steve Clifford never intended to use him in the contest. With another day of practice under his belt, Plumlee may have a more realistic chance at seeing the court Sunday, but his long layoff due to the strained calf could mean that he's no longer included in the team's rotation. If that's the case, Clifford may be inclined to proceed with Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky as his primary centers for the rest of the season.
Plumlee (calf) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Magic.
Plumlee was able to take part in some on-court workouts a week ago, but it's still uncertain how close he actually is to playing again. The fifth-year center is averaging just 2.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game over 37 appearances this season, so he won't hold much value in deeper leagues once he's healthy again.
Plumlee (calf) went through on-court activities Tuesday but remains without a timetable for a return.
It's a step in the right direction for the big man, but it remains unclear when he'll be able to return to full-speed work. A second-degree right calf strain has kept Plumlee out of action for more than a month, but the hope is that he'll be back on the court within the next couple of weeks. Until Plumlee is back, expect Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky to handle nearly all of the minutes at center.
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