NBA Trade Grades: Bucks expand Pistons trade to scoop Nikola Mirotic

Rex Christensen
February 8, 2019

Milwaukee will send Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson, whom it acquired Wednesday, over in return.

The New Orleans Pelicans have traded Nikola Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks, ESPN's Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday.

The move will give a boost to the NBA-leading Bucks (40-13), who are preparing for their own playoff push in the Eastern Conference.

A report says the Milwaukee Bucks will be getting a key member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

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The Cavaliers will also continue to look elsewhere as they seek to rebuild a team that now stands at 11-43 on the year. Eyes will be on De'Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Buddy Hield as the team moves forward in the season.

Mirotic, 27, is averaging career-highs in both points (16.7) and rebounds (8.3) per game in 2018-19 while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from three in 32 games (22 starts). The Montenegro native has averaged at least 10.0 points per game in each of his five seasons and earned All-Rookie honors following his rookie season in 2014-15.

Mirotic should fit in well with a Bucks team that is taking 37.6 3-pointers per game on the season, the second-most in the league.

There are clearly a lot of moving parts, but the reason why the deal all works is because the Bucks and Pistons never made their trade from Wednesday morning official.

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