Bucks to get Mirotic from Pelicans for two players

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

The Thon Maker experiment in Milwaukee has come to an end.

Milwaukee sent center Thon Maker to Detroit in exchange for the 22-year-old forward, according to ESPN.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been publicly announced. Now, they'll both have a change of scenery. He's tallied 10 games with at least 20 points, including two games with 30 or more points, and 11 double-doubles this season while knocking down multiple 3-pointers in 23 of his 32 games played.

The Pistons also reportedly traded Reggie Bullock to the Lakers last night for Svi Mykhailiuk and a 2021 second round draft pick. The team has placed an emphasis on three-point shooting this year with the addition of new head coach Mike Budenholzer, and Mirotic should certainly provide some reinforcements in that regard - he's taking 7.2 per game and knocking down almost 37 percent of them.

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Johnson and Maker are both former top-10 draft picks who have a few National Basketball Association seasons under their belts but are still very young. However, Johnson's 38.1 field-goal percentage this season is a career high.

If Casey, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, can unlock the potential that made Maker one of the most intriguing draft prospects of the last few years, the Pistons have just pulled off a good trade for their long-term success.

Originally selected with the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Mirotic, 6-foot-10, holds career averages of 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest, appearing in 305 career games with both the Pelicans and Chicago Bulls.

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