An NBA big man joins the NBL as the postseason race tightens up. Veteran Miles Plumlee, whose latest NBA play was with the Atlanta Hawks, signs up with the Perth Wildcats for the remainder of this NBL 2019/20 season.
Import Dario Hunt, who played 21 games and averaged 8.6 points, 6 rebounds, was released on Wednesday morning.
“Dario is a great guy, he’s very popular among the team and is one of hardest workers," Wildcats head coach, Trevor Gleeson said. "Sometimes you have to make a difficult decision in the best interest of the team.
“Miles has a wealth of experience, he’s an athletic six-eleven, he’s got a big motor, he’s a rim protector who can finish above the rim. That’s something we need, and it was timely that he was ready to come here on short notice.
“When Miles became available, it was a tough decision, but one we felt we needed to make. Our rebounding and our defence is our DNA and something we have to improve on if we’re going to challenge for a championship.”
The 211cm, 113kg Plumlee is ready to get in and contribute immediately.
“I’m happy to be here," Plumlee shared in a Wildcats release. "I know this club is in top-standing with their championships and culture. It’s really enticing to come to a great team, and winning makes everything more fun, so I want to come here and win.
“I’m going to be high energy, I’m going to play hard, bring athleticism and do whatever I can to win - defensive presence, especially inside, rebounding, blocking shots and finishing.
“I think I’m a good fit for this team.”
Plumlee arrived in Perth on Tuesday and will play Friday against the Illawarra Hawks.