Pelicans trade Mirotic to Bucks in deal involving Pistons

Heather Diaz
February 8, 2019

It was reported on Wednesday that Detroit traded Johnson to Milwaukee for Thon Maker, but neither team ever formally announced the deal - despite the news making the rounds on Twitter.

Piston swingman Stanley Johnson is reportedly headed to the Bucks in a swap of two former lottery picks.

"We thank Thon and Jason for their contributions to the Bucks and wish them well". He's averaging 3.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game overall this season.

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

Maker, 21, was drafted 10th overall by the Bucks in the 2016 NBA Draft but he has not lived up to the hype.

"Tobias is one of the best three-point shooters in the National Basketball Association and possesses an innate ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor, while Boban and Mike provide valuable skillsets, size and depth to our team".

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Born in South Sudan, Maker emigrated to Australia at age 6.

Johnson, selected No. 8 by the Pistons in the 2015 draft, has produced mixed results through parts of four seasons.

This season, Johnson had been playing with the second unit. In 267 career games, he's averaged 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals. He was traded from the Washington Wizards in early December.

Maker can offer a twist on the "3-and-D" label, as he can be a spot-up shooter (33.3 percent on 3-pointers this season) and a rim protector (1.6 blocks per 36 minutes).

"All three players bring high character to our locker room and we are excited about their fit alongside Joel, Ben, Jimmy and our entire roster".

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