Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bucks, Pistons agree to trade involving Thon Maker-Stanley Johnson, reports say

Bucks, Pistons agree to trade involving Thon Maker-Stanley Johnson, reports say

In 267 career games, the 22-year-old has averaged 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 22.1 minutes per contest. Drafted 10th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by Milwaukee, Maker has appeared in 166 career NBA games (46 starts), and has averaged 4.5 points and 2.6 rebounds. They have also both been something between letdowns and a busts, depending on which Pistons or Bucks fans you ask.

This could be the kind of trade that works out for everyone involved, featuring two young, talented and still promising players who perhaps just needed a change of scenery to find their niche as impact players in the league.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo told ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth that he talked to Maker after news of the trade surfaced.

There, new Pistons senior adviser Ed Stefanski left with two second-round players, Bruce Brown and Khyri Thomas, who may have seemed to some to be mirror images of one another.

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Speaking of Johnson, his former squad, the Detroit Pistons, will reportedly get in on the fun, sending second-round picks to New Orleans.

As for Johnson, who was drafted eighth overall by Detroit in 2015, he's endured similar struggles this season, averaging 7.5 points and 20 minutes per game.

Harris and Butler both become free agents at the end of the season and could leave the 76ers. Wilson has usurped more of Maker's minutes in recent weeks. A fresh start with the Cavs could have been just what the 7-footer needed since he would have received a lot of playing time in Cleveland.

Maker has been pushing for a trade from the Milwaukee Bucks despite the team holding the best record in the National Basketball Association.

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