Pelicans trade Nikola Mirotic to Bucks in 3-team deal involving Pistons

Ross Houston
February 8, 2019

According to ESPN's Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bucks have traded Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson, and multiple second-round picks from the Detroit Pistons to the New Orleans Pelicans for forward Nikola Mirotic.

The Milwaukee Bucks are making their push.

The deal also includes the Detroit Pistons, who had traded Johnson to the Bucks for Thon Maker on Wednesday.

Since Wednesday's deal was never made official, the Pelicans were able to jump in and alter the trade a bit, giving Milwaukee the ultimate prize but adding a plethora of picks to their cupboard of assets for the inevitable rebuild.

Mirotic gives the Bucks another floor spacing big. Nikola Mirotic went to the Bucks for a playoff run, and four second-round picks ended up in the laps of Dell Demps and the Pelicans. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting just 38 percent from the field in 48 games this season.

The Pelicans have been determined to deconstruct this team after Anthony Davis requested a trade, no longer seeing the point in keeping support pieces like Mirotic or Julius Randle, since trading their franchise player is only a matter of time.

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