National Basketball Association trade deadline: Bucks acquire Nikola Mirotic from Pelicans

Lynette Rowe
February 8, 2019

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.

Milwaukee has acquired forward Nikola Mirotic from the Pelicans, according to ESPN. The Bucks sent Thon Maker to the Pistons and Jason Smith to the Pelicans. The Denver Nuggets' 2019 second rounder is top-55 protected, which came to the Bucks by way of the Roy Hibbert trade made ahead of 2017's trade deadline.

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Mirotic gives the Bucks another floor spacing big. 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. It should be noted that Mirotic has been limited throughout the year due to various calf ailments.

The Pelicans have been determined to deconstruct this team after Anthony Davis requested a trade, no longer seeing the point in keeping support pieces like Mirotic or Julius Randle, since trading their franchise player is only a matter of time.

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