The Bucks Have Reportedly Traded For Pelicans Forward Nikola Mirotic

The Bucks Have Reportedly Traded For Pelicans Forward Nikola Mirotic

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to send Nikola Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Johnson is averaging 7.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in limited minutes-20.0 per game-for Detroit through 48 appearances and seven starts. He is averaging 12.1 points per game and hitting 38.8 percent of his 3-point attempts this season for the Pistons.

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Sometimes a change of scenery is all a player needs.

The Bucks who now hold the best record in the National Basketball Association, have struggled to find minutes for the 21-year-old Maker. Johnson was the Pistons' first-round pick in 2015, going eighth overall.

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Johnson is an okay player, but probably won't see the floor much in Milwaukee. He did not play in the Bucks' past six games. 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.

However, after showing promise last season, Maker had fallen out of head coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation and recently requested a trade.

But those instances were too infrequent and now Maker has a chance for more playing time with a rebuilding Pistons team. He is in the final year of a contract that pays him $5.4 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

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