Milwaukee Bucks reportedly acquire Nikola Mirotic in three-team deal


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.

The Bucks have added another big man who can stretch the floor. The Detroit Pistons are also involved in the deal and multiple second-round picks will be exchanged. Two of those picks are reportedly Washington's 2020 and 2021 selections, according to Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer. The team has placed an emphasis on three-point shooting this year with the addition of new head coach Mike Budenholzer, and Mirotic should certainly provide some reinforcements in that regard - he's taking 7.2 per game and knocking down almost 37 percent of them. In 267 career games, he's averaged 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals.

Johnson, 22, was Detroit's first-round draft pick (eighth overall) in 2015. He's averaging 3.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game overall this season.

The Bucks are expecting for Mirotic to have the same effect he had for New Orleans last season, as his offensive firepower and outside shooting catapulted them to the playoffs.