Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Bucks acquire Mirotic from Pelicans

Bucks acquire Mirotic from Pelicans

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.

Both Smith and Johnson came to Milwaukee in earlier trades. Fighting for the top spot, the Bucks hope to set themselves apart from the Toronto Raptors and run away from the Philadelphia 76ers after they made the blockbuster acquisition of Tobias Harris on Wednesday.

In reality, Stanley Johnson was never going to the Bucks. Unfortunately for those following the Anthony Davis sweepstakes, though, it's a different New Orleans big man.

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It's a big deal for the Bucks as they try to create even more space for their star.

Mirotic, 27, is averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds with New Orleans this season and will now join Giannis Antetokounmpo, providing a stretch-four for Milwaukee (40-13), which hasn't won a playoff series in 18 years. Originally drafted by the Pistons with the eighth overall pick in 2015, Johnson's entry-level contract expires in 2020. The power forward is attempting 7.2 3-pointers per game and converting 36.8 percent of those opportunities.

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