Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Milwaukee Bucks acquire Nikola Mirotic from New Orleans Pelicans

Milwaukee Bucks acquire Nikola Mirotic from New Orleans Pelicans

Nikola Mirotic #3 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Smoothie King Center on January 09, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has acquired forward/center Thon Maker from the Milwaukee Bucks as part of a three-team deal which sent Pistons forward Stanley Johnson to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Woj has reported that Pistons will also be involved in the deal.

Both Smith and Johnson came to Milwaukee in earlier trades.

Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points-per-game and shoots 37 percent from three-point land, fitting right into Mike Budenholzer's system. The Pelicans will also receive four second round picks form the Bucks with two of them coming from the Washington Wizards in 2020 and 2021.

The Bucks are averaging 13.3 made 3-pointers per game, which ranks second behind Houston (15.4).

Johnson, 22, was Detroit's first-round draft pick (eighth overall) in 2015.

He is making a career-high 2.7 shots from 3-point range per game.

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.

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