Bucks acquire sharpshooting big man Nikola Mirotic in trade with Pelicans

Detroit Pistons agree to trade Stanley Johnson to Milwaukee Bucks for Thon Maker

NBA trades | Thon Maker, Milwaukee Bucks to Detroit Pistons for Stanley Johnson

First, Reggie Bullock who was sent to the Lakers in a trade that brings Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a 2021 second round pick to Detroit.

Turns out, the Bucks were making a play all along for the Pelicans' Nikola Mirotic, and needed the Pistons involved to make things work.

The Detroit Pistons are reportedly trading forward Stanley Johnson to the Milwaukee Bucks for Thon Maker, ESPN reports.

Smith has appeared in just 18 games this season, 12 of them with the Washington Wizards and six of them with the Bucks.

Maker, the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft, showed flashes in his two-plus years with the Bucks, but could never gain a foothold in the regular rotation.

In 35 games (no starts) this season with Milwaukee, Maker, 21, averaged 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds while playing just 11 minutes per night.

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The West Australian's urge to prove his value comes as he eyes signing a potentially huge rookie contract extension at the end of the season.

He is in his fifth season in the National Basketball Association, his second with the Pelicans after slightly more than three years with the Chicago Bulls.

Johnson, 22, was Detroit's first-round draft pick (eighth overall) in 2015. In 32 games this season, he is averaging career highs in points (16.7) and rebounds (8.3).

Johnson is joining the league's best defensive team, and in the Bucks' fast-paced offence he may be able to impact the game with his slashing ability.

Smith was acquired by the Bucks from the Wizards in a three-team trade on December 7, 2018. The Milwaukee Bucks chose to go all-in this season and make a play for Mirotic, who is averaging a career-high 16.7 points per game in the Big Easy this season.

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