Pelicans trade Nikola Mirotic to Bucks


The trade will also include four second-round picks, according to the New York Times.

Less than two weeks after reportedly requesting a trade, a person familiar with the situation says the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to trade center Maker to the Detroit Pistons for forward Stanley Johnson. He averaged 4.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 166 games.

Maker, 21, was the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

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 Bucks are expecting for Mirotic to have the same effect he had for New Orleans last season, as his offensive firepower and outside shooting catapulted them to the playoffs.

Both Harris and star Sixers guard Jimmy Butler, acquired from Minnesota earlier this season, are free agents this off-season while Simmons is in line for a contract extension in the near future.

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The team can see a path to the National Basketball Association championship this season and are willing to give up potential star Shandry and their draft picks.

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.

There, new Pistons senior adviser Ed Stefanski left with two second-round players, Bruce Brown and Khyri Thomas, who may have seemed to some to be mirror images of one another.

The Montenegrin is averaging 16.6 points on shooting splits of.447/.368/.842, along with 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in his 32 appearances with the Pelicans this season.

Smith was acquired by the Bucks from the Wizards in a three-team trade on December 7, 2018.