Hibbert never appeared in a game for Milwaukee, which obtained him from the Charlotte Hornets on Feb. 2 along with Spencer Hawes for Miles Plumlee. The Bucks obtained a 2019 second-round pick from Denver.
The move was designed to add frontcourt depth and inch closer to the salary cap floor. Shortly before the All-Star break, the Nuggets obtained Mason Plumlee from the Portland Trail Blazers and before getting the 30-year-old Hibbert, the Nuggets were $7.14 million below the salary cap floor.
Hibbert signed a one-year $5 million deal with Charlotte last July and averaged career lows of 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 42 games. He spent his first seven seasons with the Indiana Pacers and averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds in 533 games while helping the Pacers reach the playoffs in four straight seasons from 2011 to 2014.
Last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Hibbert averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds while starting all 81 games he appeared in.
Hibbert's acquisition occurred after ESPN reported the Nuggets presented a "monster offer" to the Pacers for Paul George but talks did not progress.