Milwaukee Bucks Trade Thon Maker

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 09: 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 Pelicans are also receiving several draft picks in the the deal, according to Tim Bontemps, but none are coming from the Pistons. He was averaging 4.5 points and 2.7 rebounds for Milwaukee this season, but hadn't been used in the last six Bucks games, even when head coach Mike Budenholzer emptied the bench in blowouts.

In exchange, New Orleans will receive the expiring contract of veteran big man Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson, who was traded to Milwaukee in exchange for Thon Maker on Wednesday.

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Maker, 21, was a first round pick for the Bucks back in 2016.

As for Johnson, who was drafted eighth overall by Detroit in 2015, he's endured similar struggles this season, averaging 7.5 points and 20 minutes per game.

Through 48 games played with the Pistons this year, majority coming off the bench, Johnson has averaged 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 38 per cent from the field.

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He is a free agent this offseason.

Maker is averaging 11.7 minutes per game, but has been in and out of the Bucks' lineup this season. He moved to the United States to play high school basketball in Louisiana and Virginia and was named Gatorade Virginia Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the 2013-14 season. Mirotic was the No. 23 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Milwaukee will host the Washington Wizards tonight, February 6, while the Pistons prepare for the second game of a home & home against the Knicks in Detroit on Friday night.

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