"We are thrilled to add such a talented player in Nikola Mirotic to our roster", said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst.
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. He says the Bucks will give Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson, whom they received from the Pistons in a trade, for Mirotic.
The Pelicans also receive multiple second-round draft choices in the exchange. Two of those picks are reportedly Washington's 2020 and 2021 selections, according to Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer. In 32 games this season, he is averaging career highs in points (16.7) and rebounds (8.3). The 27-year-old is in the final year of his contract worth $12.5 million and is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He's also making 2.7 3-pointers per game, tied for ninth in the National Basketball Association.
Mirotic should fit in well with a Bucks team that is taking 37.6 3-pointers per game on the season, the second-most in the league.
This deal makes the Bucks extremely strong in the East and make them a very strong contender for the National Basketball Association title this season.