Simmons teams with Harris, Maker moves to Detroit

Ross Houston
February 8, 2019

According to Wojnarowski, the Pistons are also involved in the trade but their return is not immediately clear.

The New Orleans Pelicans have traded Nikola Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

But there is action happening elsewhere, and Pelicans are involved in it, as they have made a decision to send Nikola Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Johnson is in his fourth NBA season after being drafted eighth overall by the Pistons in the 2015 NBA Draft. Through 32 games this season, the 6-foot-10 power forward has averaged 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the 3-point line.

The Pistons traded Johnson to the Bucks on Wednesday for Thon Maker.

Thon Maker #7 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks on prior to the game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 22, 2018 in Miami, Florida. "The 7'1" big man is averaging 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists and the same number of blocks per game through 35 games played.

The West Australian's urge to prove his value comes as he eyes signing a potentially huge rookie contract extension at the end of the season. The Bucks came into day with the best record in the East at 39-13 and the 76ers (34-20) sit six games back in fifth. 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. He can become a restricted free agent this summer.

Smith was acquired by the Bucks from the Wizards in a three-team trade on December 7, 2018.

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