Perth Wildcats have signed former NBA big man Miles Plumlee, bolstering their NBL title defence ahead of a final charge to the playoffs.
Plumlee, who played the majority of his 347 NBA games with the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks, joins the Wildcats as a replacement import for fellow American Dario Hunt who was released from his contract on Wednesday.
The 211cm and 113kg Plumlee has arrived in Perth and must play in each of the Wildcats' seven remaining regular season games to be eligible to play in the finals.
Hunt averaged just nine points and six rebounds from his 21 games, sending the second-placed Wildcats in search of a stronger and taller centre.
"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," coach Trevor Gleeson said.
"That's something we need, and it was timely that he was ready to come here on short notice.
"Our rebounding and our defence is our DNA and something we have to improve on if we're going to challenge for a championship."
Plumlee will debut in Friday night's away clash with Illawarra Hawks.
The 31-year-old joins the Wildcats from Chinese side Zhejiang Lions, who released Plumlee from his contract to lure Corey Webster from the New Zealand Breakers on a lucrative deal.
By allowing Webster to depart, the Breakers - who had looked out of the playoffs picture at 4-10 but are back in the hunt after winning their last five games - may have inadvertently strengthened one of their biggest rivals in the Wildcats.
"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," Plumlee said.
"I think I'm a good fit for this team."