The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic in a three-team trade with the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. In 32 games this season, he is averaging career highs in points (16.7) and rebounds (8.3).
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.
In Maker, the Pistons get another lottery pick who hasn't yet panned out.
The team can see a path to the National Basketball Association championship this season and are willing to give up potential star Shandry and their draft picks. He did not play in the Bucks' past six games. He was set to become a free agent after this season. Even as they try to make a push toward a playoff spot, the Pistons should give themselves a solid a look at Maker before he can sign a rookie contract extension this offseason.
His outside shooting will fill a major need for the struggling Lakers, who are the NBA's second-worst 3-point shooting team at 33.4 percent.
Johnson is an okay player, but probably won't see the floor much in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee has as good a chance as any squad in the East of making it to the NBA Finals behind the MVP-caliber play of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Wilson has usurped more of Maker's minutes in recent weeks.