Milwaukee Bucks Acquire Nikola Mirotic In Three-Team Deal

Milwaukee Bucks Acquire Nikola Mirotic In Three-Team Deal

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Mirotic could help bolster a Bucks second unit, as well as potential helping the starting unit.

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.

It was reported by National Basketball Association insider Adrian Wojnarowski that the Milwaukee Bucks would be receiving Mirotic in exchange for Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson who was most recently acquired from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Thon Maker. The Denver Nuggets' 2019 second rounder is top-55 protected, which came to the Bucks by way of the Roy Hibbert trade made ahead of 2017's trade deadline.

Also, by jettisoning both Johnson and Smith, the Bucks open up a spot on their 15-man roster, which gives them an opening to peruse the buyout market throughout the rest of the month. Mirotic was in the midst of his first season back with the Pelicans joining the Bulls briefly in 2017.

The Portland Trail Blazers were rumored to have interest in Mirotic as of Wednesday. The Milwaukee Bucks chose to go all-in this season and make a play for Mirotic, who is averaging a career-high 16.7 points per game in the Big Easy this season.

Those injury concerns aside, Mirotic's playoff experience is also something to keep in mind in the aftermath of this trade.

Maker, who was selected by the Bucks with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, was averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in 35 games with the Bucks this season. In order to sort out all the details of this revised deal, here are the latest NBA Trade Grades.

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