Around The League
Around The League

Bucks land sharpshooter Mirotic from Pelicans

From NBA Twitter and media reports

Feb 8, 2019 6:55 AM ET

Nikola Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points per game this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks are already the top team in the Eastern Conference. They may have just gotten better after a trade that sends New Orleans Pelicans sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic to Milwaukee.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe were the first to report the deal. Wojnarowski reports that the Bucks will send veteran center Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson to New Orleans to complete the deal. In addition, the trade will include the Pistons and will send multiple second-round picks to the Pelicans for Mirotic, Wojnarowski reports.

 
The Bucks have acquired Nikola Mirotic from the Pelicans.

Marc Stein of The New York Times reports the Pelicans will net four second-round picks in the deal. SI's Jake Fischer reports the picks New Orleans will acquire from Milwaukee in the trade are the Washington Wizards' picks in 2020 and 2021.

On Wednesday, the Bucks dealt Thon Maker to the Detroit Pistons to acquire Johnson. That trade was never officially announced, though, and now Johnson will be on his way to New Orleans. The move also opens a roster spot for the Bucks, which they could use to add a player off the buyout market. 

Recapping all the deals from trade deadline day

The Bucks are third in the NBA in 3-pointers made (707), rank second in 3-pointers attempted (2,398) and are tied for 12th in 3-point percentage (35.5). Mirotic should fit in nicely with Milwaukee, as he is on pace for another season with at least 100 3-pointers made (he's currently at 85) and is making 36.8 percent of his 3-pointers, too. Overall, Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in 28.9 minutes per game.

To date, the Bucks have only two players who have made more than 100 3-pointers this season -- center Brook Lopez and All-Star guard Khris Middleton. The addition of Mirotic will allow Milwaukee to further stretch defense and provide more room for All-Star and Kia MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo to work on the court.


Copyright © 2019 NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved.

Privacy Policy | Accessibility and Closed Caption | Terms of Use |

NBA.com is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. A Time Warner Company.